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Q [1]  Is one obligated to provide food and shelter for the wife or the mother?
It is compulsory for a person to provide shelter and food for both of them when possible, and if it is not possible then the wife has precedence.
Q [2]  In a permanent marriage, what are the obligations of the man in paying for the expenses of his wife? As far as food, clothing and shelter are concerned, what is the minimum requirement that he has to pay for? For example some women desire very expensive food and clothing which a man cannot afford. What should he do in such a case?
Are these expense obligations different for temporary marriage?
The husband is obligated to pay the regular expenses of the permanent wife which is food, shelter and clothing in a usual way. Selecting the best kind of such expenses is not mandatory.
The man is not obligated to pay more than the dower in the case of temporary marriage.
Q [3]  I know that my wife has some rights over me, such as feeding, clothing, shelter etc. Do parents, brothers and sisters of my wife also have some rights over me?
They don’t have rights over you. Yes, they do have rights of kindness and the brotherhood between believers.
Q [4]  What are the religious instructions for divorce including dower and the money to be paid for child and the ex-wife?
If divorce was revocable, then maintaining the wife financially during the Iddat – the waiting period - is obligatory on the husband. If it was irrevocable, then such maintenance is not obligatory.
It is obligatory on the father to sustain his children financially whether their mother is divorced or not.
The dower is payable to the wife by the husband if he consummated the marriage and half of the dower is payable if he did not.
Q [5]  When a girl becomes nine years old, does she have the right to choose whether she wants to live with her father or her mother?
Yes, if she reached the age of nine years, she can decide with whom she wants to live.
The obligatory expenses are the responsibility of both parents even if the boy or the girl decided to live with any of them.

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