Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce

Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce

When is the earliest time after marriage that a couple can apply for divorce? A petition for divorce whether it is a joint or single petition (contested or not contested) may be done after two years of marriage. Where a petition is presented before the expiration...
What is a Joint Divorce Petition?

What is a Joint Divorce Petition?

The phrase ‘joint petition’ or also commonly known as ‘uncontested divorce’ seems to be a rather incongruous pairing because when the word ‘divorce’ is brought up, it conjures images of a free-for-all war wherein everything from who takes custody of the children to...
Adopting a Child in Malaysia

Adopting a Child in Malaysia

The decision to have children, biological or otherwise is always a mammoth decision to make. In Malaysia, the individual who seeks to adopt a child must be able to fulfil certain requirements by law. Legally, a child is defined as an individual who is below the age of...
Marriage and Conversion to Islam

Marriage and Conversion to Islam

Update: This article was written on 13 July 2017. However, on 7 August 2017, the Government withdrew the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Bill 2016.  On 8 August 2017, the Bill was retabled for reading without the inclusion of Section 88A. Marriage and...
Divorce or Judicial Separation?

Divorce or Judicial Separation?

Divorce is not always the solution when a marriage is on the rocks. This is especially so where one spouse is not convinced that the marriage has completely and irreparably broken down. Divorce may also not be a suitable alternative if one or both of the spouses have...