ENACTMENT NO. 12 OF 1985
ADMINISTRATION OF ISLAMIC FAMILY LAW ENACTMENT 1985

PART VII - GUARDIANSHIP
Hadanah or Custody of Children



Section 85. Power of the Court to make order for custody.

(1) Notwithstanding section 80, the Court may at any time by order choose to place a child in the custody of anyone of the persons mentioned therein or, where there are exceptional circumstances making it undesirable that the child be entrusted to anyone of those persons, the Court may by order place the child in the custody of any other person or of any association the objects of which include child welfare.

(2) In deciding in whose custody a child should be placed, the paramount consideration shall be the welfare of the child and, subject to that consideration, the Court shall have regard to-

(3) It shall be a rebuttable presumption that it is for the good of a child during his or her infancy to be with his or her mother, but in deciding whether that presumption applies to the facts of any particular case, the Court shall have regard to the undesirability of disturbing the life of a child by changes of custody.

(4) Where there are two or more children of a marriage, the Court shall not be bound to place both or all in the custody of the same person but shall consider the welfare of each independently




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