The topic of divorce may be uncomfortable to talk about, but sadly, it actually happens in the real world. There are just some couples that fall out of love with their spouses and the best thing that they could do for their relationship is to end it. That being said, there are some countries that support divorce- one of which is Malaysia. This topic mainly revolves around the costs of getting divorced in the said country. Hint: it is not cheap. You will need to have a divorce attorney among many other things.
Keep in mind that Malaysian people follow Islamic principles, but there are also some Christians and other non-Muslim religions as well.
For Non-Muslim Divorces
If you and your spouse follow a religion other than Islam, then your divorce proceedings will be heard in a family court. Now, assuming that the divorce is uncontested, meaning both parties agreed to the divorce, then the court will grant both parties to arrive at a mutual agreement when it comes to the division of properties, as well as the custody of their children (if any).
If the divorce is a contested one, that means that only one or the other spouse files for a divorce while the other one disagrees. If this is the case, then the family court will make appropriate changes pertaining to the division of properties, as well as the custody of your children based on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the ability to support the welfare of the children, how much money they’ve put in acquiring some assets, etc. Not all divorces are the same. There are simple ones that do not involve any division of properties or sharing of the custody of children, but there are also more complex ones.
Now, to give you a more general idea of how much you’re going to spend when you’re filing for a divorce, you’re going to spend anywhere between RM35,000 up to RM100,000 depending on the complexity of the case.
For Muslim Divorces
Assuming that you and your spouse are of Muslim faith and assuming that your divorce is contested, then the case will be filed and heard by the Shariah court.
The fees for Muslim divorces are much cheaper than those of non-Muslim faith as you are only estimated to spend anywhere between RM5000 up to RM20,000 depending on the complexity of the case.
Now, filing for a divorce and winning a case is quite expensive, which is why a lot of people are asking if they can represent themselves in court. While you can file a petition yourself, it is still advised that you get a divorce attorney to help you with the proceedings.
In the event that you do not have the financial capability to file for divorce, you may proceed to the Government Legal Aid Department and voice your concern. They will be able to help you find an attorney for your case.