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Jurisdictional conflict on interfaith custody dispute in Malaysia: challenges and prospect for reform

Mohamed Jani, Hidayati and Mohd Zin, Najibah (2016) Jurisdictional conflict on interfaith custody dispute in Malaysia: challenges and prospect for reform. In: 1st International Conference on Women and Children Legal and Social Issues (ICWC 2016), 17th-18th Oct. 2016, Subang, Selangor.

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Interfaith custody dispute is one of the area in which the conflict of jurisdiction between the civil court and the Syariah court arises. The conversion to Islam by one party to a non-Muslim marriage has an impact on the legality of the marriage, and more importantly the determination as to the custodial right of a child is very much in dispute since the parties are no longer subject to the same set of laws and courts. The current practice suggests that the converted father received custody more often than the non-Muslim mothers regardless of the age of the child. In most cases this has caused dissatisfaction particularly among non-Muslim community and given rise to an issue of whether the decision has been made in the best interest of the child especially when it involves the custodial right of a child at their tender years. Thus, this paper seeks to examine the extent of the jurisdictional conflict on interfaith custody dispute in Malaysia. The research method employs in this study is mainly a textual analysis of relevant materials and cases law relating to interfaith custody dispute. The study suggests several mechanisms to resolve the conflict where the emphasis on the best interests of the child shall be paramount.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 665/54594
Uncontrolled Keywords: child, conflict, interfaith custody, jurisdiction, interests
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam > BP188 Islamic religious life
K Law > KPG Malaysia
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Islamic Law
Depositing User: Prof. Dr Najibah Mohd Zin
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 12:05
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 12:06
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/54594

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