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Governance of the family unit: Registration of marriages under the law reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976

Subramaniam, Mageswary Siva (2014) Governance of the family unit: Registration of marriages under the law reform (Marriage & Divorce) Act 1976. In: UUM International Conference on Governance 2014 (ICG), 29th - 30th November 2014, Flamingo Hotel By The Beach, Pulau Pinang.

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The Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (Act 164) is a progressive piece of legislation which was introduced to govern all matters pertaining to the formation and dissolution of Non-Muslim marriages in Malaysia from 1st March 1982. The Act was introduced with four identified objectives in mind, first it provides that Non – Muslim marriages after the appointed date are to be monogamous, secondly for the solemnisation and registration of Non- Muslim marriages, thirdly for the consolidation of the laws relating to divorce and fourthly to provide for matters incidental there to.The provisions of the Act without doubt provides for the mandatory registration of all marriages after the appointed date.Section 34 of the Act however provides: “Nothing in this Act or the rules made there under shall be construed to render valid or invalid any marriage which otherwise is invalid or valid merely by reason of its having been or not having been registered”, thereby creating a conundrum in the state of the law relating to the registration of Non – Muslim marriages in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN NO: 978-983-2078-95-1 Organized by: Institute for Governance and Innovation Studies, UUM College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia In Collaboration with: Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Politik, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Other topics relating to governance studies, issues, theories and practices.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2014 02:23
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2014 02:23
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12921

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