Monday, April 12, 2010

Paper NUS

Custody and Maintenance..

Paper ni Ina yang buat banyak, saya tengok2 mana yang perlu diubah, susunan subtopic dan add isi siket2 jer.. Dalam buat kertas kerja, saya pegang pada prinsip that kerjasama buleh dalam proportion yang unik, boleh 50:50, boleh 40:60, boleh 30:70 dan boleh juga 20:80. Tengok keadaan dan kesesuaian. Kat Mesia sebelum ini, ada kala saya buat 70, kawan saya 30, ada kala 50, ada kala 60. Dengan Sham hari tu, saya rasa saya buat dalam 40%, dalam kertas kerja dengan Ina ni, saya rasa saya buat dalam 30% jer kot. Time kasih dan tahniah pada Ina, nanti dia nak pergi present di Singapore ni.. Good luck yer..

Child Custody and Maintenance Decisions:

A Case Study of Selected High Court Judgments in Malaysia from 1998-2008 [1]

Nor Fadzlina Nawi [2]

Nurhidayah Muhammad Hashim [3]


The determination of physical custody and maintenance arrangement for children is among the most difficult decisions that must be made in marital dissolution process. From a legal point of view, the current determining standard of the ‘best interest of the child’ is a vague principle of law. The application of the legal principle or standard is claimed to be usually “indeterminate” and “speculative” due to the fact that the court needs to make a prediction of what will be the best custodial and maintenance arrangement for the child. This requires the court to make an evaluation based on the facts of the case and can be eventually shaped or influenced by the trial judge’s own personal values and discretions in making the decisions. The discretionary nature of the application of the principle, along with different sets of values in the assessment may lead to assumptions of adjudicator bias and discrimination and thus encourage re-litigation. Even when courts increase the use of their resources in assessing the best arrangement for the children, they remain an outside party to these relationships. This and the fact that relationships are being assessed by courts at times of abnormal stress mean that the reliability of any decision made is usually questionable. However, in most contested custody cases, the courts have to come to a final decision.

This study traces a collective of high court’s judgements in Malaysia for the past ten years concerning child custody and maintenance determination, in order to reveal what is the pattern of judgment employed by judges in Malaysia. This article presents the findings of an exploratory case study...

[1] Presented at the Marital Dissolution in Asia Conference & Workshop, 6 - 7 May 2010 organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Bukit Timah Campus, SINGAPORE.

[2] Law Lecturer with Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA. Possesses LL.B (Hons) IIUM 2001 and Master of Comparative Laws, 2002. Currently pursuing her PhD at Latrobe University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

[3] Associate Professor at Centre for Islamic Thought and Understanding (CITU), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA. Possesses LL.B (Hons) IIUM 1992, LL.B Syariah (Hons) IIUM 1993, Master in Syariah & Law UM 2001 and Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice (DLSA) UiTM 2005. Currently pursuing her Ph.D at La Trobe University, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.