ENACTMENT NO. 6 OF 2002
ISLAMIC FAMILY LAW ENACTMENT 2002
PART VII - GUARDIANSHIP
Hadhanah or Custody of Children
Section 82. Persons entitled to custody of a child.
(1) Subject to section 83, the mother shall be of all persons the best entitled to the custody of her infant children during the connubial relationship as well as after its dissolution.
(2) Where the Court is of the opinion that the mother is disqualified under Hukum Syarak from having the right to hadhanah or custody of her children, the right shall, subject to subsection (3), pass to one of the following persons in the following order of preference, that is to say-
(a) the maternal grandmother, how-high-soever;
(b) the father;
(c) the paternal grandmother, how-high-soever;
(d) the full sister;
(e) the uterine sister;
(f) the sanguine sister;
(g) the full sister's daughter;
(h) the uterine sister's daughter;
(i) the sanguine sister's daughter;
(j) he maternal aunt;
(k) the paternal aunt;
(l) the male relatives who could be their heirs as asabah or residuaries:
Provided that the custody of such person does not affect the welfare of the child.
(3) No man shall have a right to the custody of a female child unless he is a muhrim, that is to say, he stands to her within the prohibited degrees of relationship.
(4) Subject to section 83 and 85, where there are several persons of the same line or degree, all equally qualified and willing, to take charge of the child, the custody shall be entrusted to the one most virtuous who shows the greatest tenderness to the child, and where all are equally virtuous, then the senior among them in age shall have the priority.
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