Cirebon Religious Court Decision No. 491 of 2014: Irrevocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 8 July 2007 but had no children. The plaintiff submitted that, by January 2008, the parties' marriage had become quarrelsome because:

  1. the defendant had failed to provide for his family;
  2. the defendant's family would meddle in their domestic affairs;
  3. the defendant frequently threatened the plaintiff; and
  4. the defendant directed profane language at the plaintiff.

Problems escalated and, by July 2014, the parties had separated after the defendant left the matrimonial home. Familial efforts to make the parties reconcile had been in vain and the plaintiff requested that the court grant him a revocable divorce (talak satu ba'in sughra).

The defendant conceded that he had used profane language with the plaintiff, but only because she had accused him of having had an extra-marital affair. Moreover, that the parties had quarrelled because the plaintiff controlled the parties' finances, to the defendant's dismay.

On the grounds of ongoing conflict between the parties, the court, pursuant to art 39(2) of Law No. 1 of 1974, art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, acceded to the plaintiff's request.

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