Ponorogo Religious Court Decision No. 304 of 2016: Irrevocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 11 July 2011 and had one child. The plaintiff submitted that, since 2014, the parties' marriage had been disharmonious due to financial problems. In order to avoid further conflict, the plaintiff moved to Hong Kong in September 2014 to take a job as a domestic worker. Since then the parties had remained separated and maintained little contact. The plaintiff's family had also counselled her to return to the defendant, but the plaintiff refused, feeling that the parties could no longer co-exist. Accordingly, the plaintiff requested that the court grant her an irrevocable divorce (talak satu ba'in sughra).

The court, 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, acceded to the request on the grounds of ongoing conflict between the parties.

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