Determination of Child Maintenance after divorce in Malaysia’s Syariah Courts


  • Nurhidayah Muhammad Hashim UiTM
  • Tim Lindsey The University of Melbourne
  • Zuliza Mohd Kusrin Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Aishah Mohd Nor


Children are entitled to maintenance during marriage and after divorce. However, post-divorce child maintenance applications in Malaysia’s Syariah courts have become problematic: the process is difficult, the amounts awarded are generally low, and there is no standardization of relevant criteria. Using qualitative legal research methods with doctrinal and non-doctrinal approaches, this paper reviews relevant legislation and the approach taken by the Syariah courts. It argues that Syariah courts should establish binding guidelines for assessing the criteria to safeguard children’s right to maintenance so they can enjoy a better quality of life after their parents divorce.

Author Biographies

Tim Lindsey, The University of Melbourne

Tim Lindsey is one of Australia’s leading experts on Indonesian law, and has advised governments, business, international organisations, courts and legal practitioners in Indonesia and Australia. He is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Letters from the University of Melbourne and completed his PhD thesis in Indonesian studies. A specialist in a wide range of aspects of Indonesian law, including public law, criminal law, commercial law, and family law, he also teaches and researches shari'a (Islamic law) in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He has won national and university teaching awards, and was an ARC Federation Fellow from 2006 to 2011. 

Zuliza Mohd Kusrin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Dr. Zuliza is an expert in constitutional law, Islamic Family, and Islamic Judiciary. She has been attached to UKM for more than 25 years and has published several academic articles and books relating to he area of expertise. 

Aishah Mohd Nor

Dr. Aishah is an expert in  Islamic Family Law and Islamic Judiciary. She has been with UiTM since 2020 and has published several academic articles and books relating to the area of expertise. 


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How to Cite

Muhammad Hashim, N., Lindsey, T., Mohd Kusrin, Z., & Mohd Nor, A. (2024). Determination of Child Maintenance after divorce in Malaysia’s Syariah Courts . Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 9(29). Retrieved from