Wedding Expenses In Divorce Proceeding

 

  1. There are times when a party would want to claim for wedding expenses in divorce proceeding against the opposing party in addition to asking for the Court for an order to dissolve the marriage.
  2. One of the probable cause for the party concerned to ask for this relief is when he or she feels that the other party had caused the marriage to break down and hence the other party should reimburse him or her for the wedding expenses in divorce proceeding
  3. The next question to be answered is whether the claim for wedding expenses in divorce proceeding is sustainable in law and this brings us to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) which is the primary legislation regulating marriages and divorces for non-muslims in Malaysia.
  4. It is important to note that the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) provided clear provisions on the issue of maintenance of spouse, property divisions and custody of children but there is no provisions whatsoever stated in the said Act that allows for the parties in divorce proceeding to claim for wedding expenses incurred.
  5. References was also made to the following point of reference but it is also unfortunate to note (the writer stand to be corrected) that it does not made any references to the issue on whether the claim for wedding expenses in divorce proceeding has ever been allowed in Malaysian Court. 

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