Bukittinggi Religious Court Decision No. 430 of 2015: Revocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 25 April 1997 and had two children. After marrying they had lived with the respondent's parents in Agam. The applicant submitted that, since the end of 2006, the parties' marriage had become quarrelsome because the respondent would go out drinking with her friends while the applicant was at work, and when the applicant confronted the respondent after seeing her drinking alcohol in a cafe, the respondent had denied any wrongdoing. Problems escalated at the end of 2008 when the applicant advised that the respondent not increase any of her debts. The respondent became angry with the applicant, forbidding him from interfering in her life. As a result, the applicant left the matrimonial home and returned to his parents' home. The parties had remained separated for the past seven years. The parties' families had not sought to make the parties reconcile, and the applicant submitted to the court that divorce (talak satu raj'i) was the only feasible option.

In her counterclaim, the respondent sought from the applicant IDR 2.5 million per month to cover costs associated with the parties' two children. The applicant submitted that he could only afford IDR 500,000 per month as his daily salary as a construction worker was only IDR 80,000.

The court acceded to the applicant'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. It also ordered the applicant to pay to the respondent IDR 1 million in child maintenance.

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