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Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956

[Act no. 78 of Year 1956, dated 21st. December, 1956]

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Contents
Sections Particulars
Chapter I Preliminary
1 Short title and extent
2 Application of Act
3 Definitions
4 Overriding effect of Act
Chapter II Adoption
5 Adoptions to be regulated by this Chapter
6 Requisites of a valid adoption
7 Capacity of a male Hindu to take in adoption
8 Capacity of a female Hindu to take in adoption
9 Persons capable of giving in adoption
10 Persons who may be adopted
11 Other conditions for a valid adoption
12 Effects of adoption
13 Right of adoptive parents to dispose of their properties
14 Determination of adoptive mother in certain cases
15 Valid adoption not to be cancelled
16 Presumption as to registered documents relating to adoption
17 Prohibition of certain payments
Chapter III Maintenance
18 Maintenance of wife
19 Maintenance of widowed daughter-in-law
20 Maintenance of children and aged parents
21 Dependants defined
22 Maintenance of dependants
23 Amount of maintenance
24 Claimant to maintenance should be a Hindu
25 Amount of maintenance may be altered on change of circumstances
26 Debts to have priority
27 Maintenance when to be a charge
28 Effect of transfer of property on right to maintenance
Chapter IV Repeal And Saving
29 [Rep. by the Repealing and Amending Act, 1960]
30 Saving

An Act to amend and codify the law relating to adoptions and maintenance among Hindus.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Seventh Year of the Republic of India as follows:-



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