Atambua Religious Court Decision No. 18 of 2015

The parties were married on 20 February 2015, after which they lived with the plaintiff's parents in Madura for six months, before moving to Atambua in September that same year. The plaintiff submitted that the parties had failed to have a child in eight months, and that the marriage was no longer harmonious because the defendant had:

  1. failed to provide for the plaintiff financially for the duration of their marriage;
  2. frequently beaten the plaintiff;
  3. failed to show any responsibility for the plaintiff, instead receiving financial support from the plaintiff's mother.

Problems escalated on 19 September 2015 resulting in the parties separating, the plaintiff moving to her parents' home in Atambua, and the defendant to his parents' home in Mojokerto, East Java. The parties had remained separated since and the plaintiff sought an irrevocable divorce (talak satu ba'in sughra).

In the defendant's absence, the Court acceded to the plaintiff's request on the grounds of ongoing conflict, per art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws.