Bantul Religious Court Decision No. 1279 of 2014: Irrevocable Divorce

The parties were married on 11 June 1997 and had lived together for 12 years and three months. The plaintiff submitted, however, that the marriage had become quarrelsome in 2007 as a result of:

  1. the defendant not being transparent with his finances and failing to provide the family with sufficient financial support;
  2. frequent misunderstandings in all aspects of domestic life, without any foreseeable solution;
  3. the defendant's family always meddling in the parties' domestic affairs;
  4. the defendant's self-centred attitude towards his children and not being interested in domestic affairs; and
  5. the defendant not providing the plaintiff with any emotional support for four years.

The parties separated in February 2010, after the plaintiff could no longer cope with the defendant's behaviour. Despite being summonsed formally, the defendant failed to attend court. The court granted the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (talak satu Ba'in Sughro) on the grounds of ongoing conflict, per art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, in conjunction with art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws.

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