A short snippet on how to calculate nafkah mutaah (“mutaah”)?

Mohammad Rizuan

Associate, Advocate & Solicitor

Many of you thinking of proceeding with a muslim divorce would have heard people saying that the amount to claim for nafkah mutaah from the husband should be $10.00 or more and the higher you put in, the higher you get. However, it is critical to note that there is no straightforward formula for calculating mutaah. Generally, it can be said that if the husband’s salary is between $3,000.00 to $5,000.00 then mutaah awarded can be anywhere between $3.00 to $7.00 per day for the duration of the marriage. Let me illustrate. If mutaah of $5.00 per day is ordered and the marriage only lasted for a year, then the husband is only bound to pay $5.00 for each day for the one (1) year-long marriage as opposed to non-muslim marriages where maintenance (if ordered) has to be paid to the wife until she remarries or dies.

However, there may be many other factors that may affect the amount of mutaah awarded by the Court. This particularly depends on whether there is likely to be a net profit arising from an order for the sale of the matrimonial home, the indirect contributions (non-monetary) to the household and whether there are substantial balances (relative to the wife) in the husband’s CPF accounts. If it is a long marriage with children, the wife is bound to get quite a sizeable percentage of the husband’s monies in his CPF accounts as part of the division of matrimonial assets. However if there is no matrimonial home and/or if there are no monies in the husband’s CPF accounts, a higher sum may be awarded for mutaah in order to reward/compensate the wife.

As for the men, unfortunately, there is no way (yet) to claim maintenance from your wife or wives(as the case may be). Do contact us to find out more about syariah divorces.


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One thought on “How to calculate nafkah mutaah (“mutaah”)?

  1. Johari bin ismail 6 months ago

    I received letter from syariah court to attend by 28 jan 2018 by my wife. How to get your help for my case.