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Divorce in Malaysia – Joint Petition

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Joint Petition Divorce
in Malaysia

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What is Joint Divorce Petition?

As the name itself suggest, Joint Divorce Petition simply means parties are coming in ‘jointly’ to proceed with Divorce. 

 

S. 52 of LawReform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976 talks about Dissolution by Mutual Consent (also known as Joint Divorce Petition)

Q: What does S.52 of LRA 1976 says?

The section talk about: 

  1. When a marriage can be mutually dissolved by the parties (Joint Divorce Petition)
  2. What are the provision that can be included in a Joint Divorce Petition

Q: When a marriage can be dissolved by the husband and wife mutually? (When the spouses can apply for divorce?

Q: Who can file for the joint divorce petition?

  • Both, as Petitioners. 

Q: How long does it take for the process of joint divorce petition to complete?

  • As early as one (1) month up to four (4) months for the whole process to complete. 

Q: Do the parties need to attend the Hearing for Joint Divorce Petition?

  • Yes, either by way of physical attendance or via Zoom depending on the Court. 

Q: Do the spouses need to live separately for more than two (2) years for a Joint Divorce Petition in Malaysia?

  • No. It is not required for a joint divorce petition. However so, the details on when the marriage broke down between the parties needs to be mentioned in the Petition.  

Q: Is Joint Divorce Petition expensive?

  • Certainly not when you compared it with Single Divorce Petition. 
  • Also, it is way more cheaper than the overall expenses incurred for the marriage generally.  

Q: What are the provisions to be considered and can be added in the Joint Divorce Petition?

  • Alimony (maintenance) for the Wife
  • Custody, Care & Control of the Kids
  • Maintenance for the Kids
  • Expenses of the Kids
  • Asset Divisions on the matrimonial home and matrimonial assets 

Q: What are the documents needed in order to proceed with Joint Divorce Petition?

  • Copy of the marriage certificate 
  • Copy of the identification card/ passport of the spouses
  • Copy of the birth certificate/ mykid/ passport of the kids (below the age of 18)
  • Copy of the title for matrimonial home or matrimonial assets

Q: Is it a must for the Husband to provide alimony to the Wife in a Joint Divorce Petition?

  • No. This is up to the spouses whether they would want to exercise it. 

Q: When the ex-husband can stop paying / discontinue it towards the ex-wife?

  • the ex-husband can stop paying the alimony according to the divorce terms between the parties, or 
  • at the demise of any one of the parties, or 
  • the receiving party (in most cases the wife), re-marries; or
  • the receiving party (in most cases the wife) is in another relationship  

Q: Where can spouses get legal advice for filing a joint divorce petition?

  • At Chambers of S Sakthi, we provide free assessment whereby parties need to fill up the basic questionnaire to receive our quote.
  • We offer detailed consultation face-to-face and via online platform for a fee.  

Q: Where can spouses get legal advice for filing a joint divorce petition?

  • At Chambers of S Sakthi, we provide free assessment whereby parties need to fill up the basic questionnaire to receive our quote.
  • We offer detailed consultation face-to-face and via online platform for a fee.  

Q: What are the steps to file a Joint Divorce Petition?

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