Aceh Shari'a Court Decision No. 61 of 2010

The Bireuen Shari'a Court (lower court) had granted the respondent an irrevocable divorce (talak satu bain sughra), as well as custody of the parties' two children until they had reached mumayyiz (age of discernment) or 12 years of age.

The Court, on the whole, concurred with the lower court's findings. It found, however, that the lower court had erred by failing to specify how much the appellant was to pay the respondent in child maintenance. Indeed, pursuant to arts 105(c) and 156(a) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, the appellant, as the children's father, was obliged to bear their maintenance costs. The Court quantified this as IDR 500,000 per month. It also granted the respondent custody of the parties' children until the children were adults or had reached the age of 21.

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