Banda Aceh Shari'a Court Decision No. 307 of 2014: Marriage Ratification

The applicant submitted that she had married her husband on 24 December 1955 at her home in Banda Aceh, prior to the enactment of Law No. 1 of 1974 on Marriage. The applicant's father had acted as her marriage guardian (wali nikah), two witnesses had been present, and the dowry (mahar) had been IDR 50. The respondent was the younger sibling of the applicant's husband as her husband had died on 24 October 2014 due to illness. The applicant and the deceased had had five children.

The applicant submitted that in order to administer her deceased husband's affairs, including accessing his superannuation/retirement fund, she required a determination from the court ratifying the marriage. Based on the facts presented by the applicant, the court acceded to her request and ratified the marriage.

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