Cirebon Religious Court Decision No. 557 of 2014

The parties were married on 23 January 2001 and had two children. The plaintiff submitted that the parties' marriage had been harmonious initially, but, since August 2013, it had become quarrelsome. This was because the defendant:

  1. had failed to provide for his family;
  2. had had an extra-marital affair; and
  3. drank excessively.

Problems escalated and, by December 2013, 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 her an irrevocable divorce (talak satu ba'in sughra).

Despite the defendant's absence from court, on the grounds of ongoing conflict between the parties, the court acceded to the plaintiff's request, 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.

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