The parties were married on 9 October 1993 and had three children. Initially, their marriage had been harmonious, however, since July 2011, the respondent had become angry and frustrated with the applicant because the applicant had failed to provide her with sufficient financial support. As a scavenger (pemulung), the applicant would bring home, at most, IDR 50,000 per day. The respondent had returned to her parents' home in Jember and the applicant to Bali. The parties had not communicated since October 2012.
Pursuant to art 19(b) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, in conjunction with art 116(b) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, the court granted the applicant a revocable divorce (talak satu raj'i) on the grounds that the parties had been separated for more than two consecutive years, without any communication.