Batusangkar Religious Court Decision No. 421 of 2014: Irrevocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 10 June 1975, had eight children, and had lived together harmoniously for seven years, up until 1982, when they started to quarrel regularly. The plaintiff submitted that this was the result of the defendant:

  1. often going out at night and returning in the middle of the night, or not at all;
  2. rarely being at home, and more often than not spending his time out of the house; and
  3. often gambling.

Problems escalated in 2002 when the defendant married another woman, repudiating his marriage with the plaintiff. Despite efforts from both the plaintiff and defendant's families to make the parties reconcile, as well as the court advising the plaintiff against divorce, the court found that ongoing conflict between the parties, pursuant to art 39(2) of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage, art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, was sufficient reason to grant the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (thalak satu bain shughra).

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