Sukabumi Religious Court Decision No. 224 of 2014: Revocable Divorce Granted

The applicant submitted that the parties' marriage was harmonious until 2008, after which time he and the respondent had begun to quarrel regularly because:

  1. the respondent was never satisfied with the amount of financial support provided by the applicant, that being the applicant's entire monthly salary (IDR 1,600,000); and
  2. the respondent would often direct unsubstantiated accusations at the applicant that he had had an extra-marital affair.

The applicant claimed that he had sought to reconcile and improve the parties' marriage, but, since October 2008, had felt compelled to leave the matrimonial home and return to his parents' home. Despite having been summonsed formally, the respondent failed to attend the proceeding. Accordingly, the court, pursuant to art 19(b) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, in conjunction with art 116(b) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, granted the plaintiff an irrevocable divorce (talak satu raj'i) on the grounds that the parties had been apart for more than two years.

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