Legal divorce

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My husband gave me $1,600 in July 2014 to file for the Australian legal divorce which I have. The divorce was granted by the melbourne family court on 9 September 2014. Does this legal divorce constitutes an automatic islamic divorce considering We haven’t been in ‘physical contact’ since November 2013. During the time we were separated he never paid for my rent or any expenses yet he would come to visit me and stay some nights whilst he has had many affairs during this time and during our marriage since 2007.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

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  1. What was the procedure of this legal divorce?
  2. Did your husband sign any documents?
  3. If your husband did sign any documents, what was written on them?
  4. While instructing you to file for the divorce, did he intend to give you an Islamic divorce i.e. talaaq?

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Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa
Melbourne, Australia 

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