Bukittinggi Religious Court Decision No. 470 of 2015: Revocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 9 January 2015, after which they had lived with the respondent's parents in Agam. The applicant submitted that two months after the parties were married, however, they had started to quarrel frequently because the respondent:

  1. had unnecessarily accused the applicant of carrying on a relationship with his ex-girlfriend; and
  2. would frequently direct profane language at the applicant, failing to respect him as her husband, ostensibly because the applicant had sold a car gifted to him by his parents prior to marrying the respondent, without providing the respondent with any of the financial proceeds of the sale.

Problems escalated on 14 May 2015 when the applicant was in Padang for work. The applicant sent the respondent a text message informing her that he would be home late due to work. While the respondent was initially accepting of this, later that evening she texted the applicant, asking why he had not yet returned home, ordering him to do so, as well as requesting that the applicant divorce her. The parties had subsequently been separated for the past four months. Accordingly, the applicant requested that the court permit him to divorce the respondent (talak satu raj'i).

The court acceded to the applicant's request on the grounds of ongoing conflict, pursuant to art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws.

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