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What is Marriage Tribunal?

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asked on Nov 3, 2004 at 02:10
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edited on Sep 21, 2016 at 06:23
 
Can I ask what is the function of the Marriage Tribunal?

What are the procedures and how long does it take for the Tribunal to go through their functions?

How successful are they in reconciling couples? What if one party is not interested in attending the meetings or in reconciling?
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answered on Jan 24, 2005 at 21:04
by   Faridah Abdullah
Attending before the Marriage Tribunal is a prerequisite before you can file a unilateral divorce petition (where you sue your spouse for divorce - not a joint petition).

Once you apply for an interview with the Marriage Tribunal, it usually takes about 6 months for them to go through their functions.  They will ask both parties to come and see them, either together or separately, a few times each. Once they are convinced the marriage cannot be reconciled, they will issue a certificate.  It is this certificate which you have to annex to your divorce petition.

I do not know the statistics of their success.  If one party is not interested and does not turn up, the tribunal will send several letters to them, then issue a certificate saying that that party did not attend.
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answered on Aug 27, 2010 at 20:28
by   Lynn
What is the effect of the letters to the party who did not turn up for the interviews by the Tribunal? Does the party who diligently attend the interview gets a better chance of having their divorce granted? In this case, a unilateral petition. Thank you.
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answered on Aug 28, 2010 at 15:53
by   Lowyar
You want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - anyway, it does not matter. All it takes is 6 months and the certificate will be issued. Your marriage is your fate - nobody cares. Divorce is a very dirty business and some lawyers thrive on it. Some of them You get them mooch around in this forum too. Some even offer legal aid with the pretext of showing that they are doing a noble service. Some even come out to help out in legal aid but their main interest is to make maximum money out of you. Today, divorce is not about you, your spouse or your children, it's about how lawyers collarborate and make the most money out you you until you can no longer afford it. You are all alone hereafter doomed to be savaged by the eagles. Goodluck. Thank me when it's over.
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answered on Aug 30, 2010 at 17:53
by   SFKL
I think I am feeling rather disappointed with the constant lawyer bashing here by a certain few and none of them ever give you a straight answer. To all these people, not all lawyers are sharks and vampires. But I hate to explain myself which is why all I do here is to give a bit of advice without soliciting business. Anyway to answer your questions...

Can I ask what is the function of the Marriage Tribunal?
Technically, to offer free counselling in the hopes of effecting reconciliation as no. 1 priority theoratically is to save marriages.

What are the procedures and how long does it take for the Tribunal to go through their functions?
Depending on where you submit your form (which depends on where you and your spouse last live together and call that your matrimonial home), it generally takes no less and no more than 6 months from time of submission with min 1 counselling session if other spouse do not even attend once and could be 3 or 4 sessions in total if the other party attends. There will be 3 members of the panel and their function is not like a judge so don't bother telling them what you want, need, etc except if you feel you want out of the marriage, tell them that.

How successful are they in reconciling couples?
They can't do much actually since how to reconcile when 1 party refuses to? If you want genuine counselling efforts, your priest or some religious figure or some professional marriage counsellor is a better choice. Tribunal is more procedural than helpful.

What if one party is not interested in attending the meetings or in reconciling?
Then counselling fails and so expect a certificate to say they tried but failed after 6 months from submission of form. Do call them after 6 months to check when you can collect the certificate after payment of I think RM20.
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answered on Sep 2, 2016 at 03:47
by   cK only
edited Sep 21, 2016 at 06:27
 
Thanks for your advice SFKL. it has been bothering me whether to file for marriage tribunal. I got to know about the affair in November 2015. Been fighting over and over on the same issue, I've given him time and he has then fixed an additional time to cool down and think what he wants. Time is up as his time given to himself is till 1st September 2016, today. Nothing seems to have change or be better. Still the same old attitude and being irresponsible 😔

I need to proceed for tribunal marriage instead of filing or single petition directly looking at cost concern.
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answered on Sep 2, 2016 at 03:55
by   vkpc
edited Sep 21, 2016 at 06:29
 
I got to know about the affair in November 2015. Been fighting over and over on the same issue.
Why fight over affair?  Affair is not something to fight about.
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answered on Sep 2, 2016 at 05:24
by   jeff005
edited Sep 21, 2016 at 06:29
 
In the year 2016, people still think that the certificate is the key for dissolution of a Marriage!

It is clearly stated on the certificate that it cannot be used as an excuse for filing for Divorce!
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