The parties were married on 21 March 2001 and had three children. The applicant submitted that the parties' marriage had been disharmonious since July 2013 because:
- the applicant could no longer fulfil the emotional and material needs of the respondent;
- the respondent did not perceive the applicant to be a good head of the family;
- the respondent did not value or take heed of the appellant's advice;
- the respondent felt the applicant was too controlling;
- the applicant felt denigrated and belittled by the respondent;
- the respondent's family meddled in the parties' domestic affairs; and
- the respondent had already left the parties' home without saying anything or requesting the applicant's permission.
The parties had lived separately since August 2013 and had not been physically intimate with each other since September 2013. Before the court, however, the applicant requested that his application for a revocable divorce (talak satu raj'i) be withdrawn. The court, pursuant to art 54 of Law No. 7 of 1989 on the Religious Judiciary, acceded to the applicant's request.