Aceh Shari'a Court Decision No. 21 of 2009

The appellant sought to challenge the decision of the Takengon Shari'a Court, which had granted the respondent an irrevocable divorce (talak satu bain sughra).

The Court found that the parties had already undergone mediation, pursuant to Supreme Court Regulation No. 1 of 2008, but stated that the lower court's decision needed to reflect the fact that the respondent, after divorcing the appellant, needed to carry out iddah, one of the aims of which is to carry out istibra', per art 41(c) Law No. 1 of 1974, and art 149 of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, which in this case required the respondent to provide the appellant with financial support as determined by the Court.

The Court upheld the respondent's right to irrevocably divorce the appellant, while ordering the appellant to pay the respondent IDR 3 million for the period of iddah.

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