East Jakarta Religious Court Decision No. 713 of 2014: Irrevocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 4 February 1994 and had one child born on 20 October 1996. The plaintiff submitted, however, that, since February 1996, the parties' marriage had become fractured. This was the result of the defendant:

  1. never providing the defendant with financial support;
  2. often directing profanities at the plaintiff, leaving the plaintiff feeling deeply hurt;
  3. physically abusing the plaintiff; and
  4. threatening the plaintiff with divorce.

Problems escalated in December 2012, resulting in the parties separating. Any and all physical intimacy between the parties also ceased. The parties' families had counselled them to reconcile, but to no avail.

The defendant failed to attend court, despite having been summonsed formally. Regardless, the court, pursuant to art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, granted the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (talak satu ba'in sughro) on the grounds of ongoing conflict.

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