Makassar Religious Court Decision No. 1523 of 2010: Revocable Divorce Granted

The parties were married on 1 September 2001. They had three children, one of whom was in the custoday of the respondent, and two of whom were in the custody of the appellant. The applicant submitted that, since August 2010, he and the respondent had quarrelled regularly because:

  1. the respondent would often become angry for no apparent reason and utter profanities the applicant deemed inappropriate, as well as often demanding a divorce; and
  2. the respondent did not appreciate the applicant as her husband.

Consequently, the applicant left the matrimonial home in August 2010 and had not returned for the four months leading up to the proceeding, during which time the parties did not communicate.

Despite being summonsed formally, the respondent failed to attend the proceeding. Regardless, given the parties' evident ongoing conflict, the court, pursuant to art 19(f) of Government Regulation No. 9 of 1975, and art 116(f) of the Compilation of Islamic Laws, granted the applicant a revocable divorce (talak satu raj'i).

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