Divorce Procedure – Ta’laq & Khula
Individuals or couples are strongly encouraged to meet with a Maristan counselor prior to proceeding with a divorce. Maristan can help guide, counsel, and mediate with you and your loved ones on issues like marriage and divorce decisions, parent-child relationships, and general family conflicts. We also have several videos in this playlist to help you better understand the Talaq (divorce) process.
- If the individual or couple wishes to proceed with a divorce, please complete the form below to schedule a time for an appointment. Both individuals must be present on the day of their appointment and bring:
- A copy of the legal divorce decree (link for starting the process in Alameda County and link for starting the process in Contra Costa County and link for starting the process at the San Joaquin Superior Court; also how to petition for a default/uncontested process)
- A photo I.D.
- A completed MCC divorce form
The MCC does not charge for a divorce service (optional donation here). An individual or couple must compensate Qari Amar Bellaha for his time as divorce and Nikkah are outside of the purview of his day-to-day role at the MCC. MCC does not perform Khula. You may also use the services of the Islamic Sharia Council of California for Islamic divorce when a sister requests a talaq without due reason. For a divorce recognized by the Republic of Iran, see here.
- Post-divorce, we encourage our sisters and brothers to learn how to best co-parent, learn coping strategies, and peer support. Here are some resources: FYI’s Divorce Support Toolkit, Wasilah Connections, and The Divorced Muslimah Network, Bay Area Muslim Therapists, Institute for Muslim Mental Health. Therapy For Muslims, and Mental Health For Muslims. Here also are Seven Steps to Coping With Divorce and Essential First Steps When Filing for Divorce.
- In Fiqh (Islamic Rulings), when a man requests a divorce or a woman asks for a divorce with reason, it is known as ‘Ta’laq’, and when a woman requests a divorce without due cause, it is known as ‘Khula.’
Individuals cannot request or proceed with a divorce on behalf of other parties. All clients must represent themselves throughout the divorce procedure. They may be accompanied if they wish.
Divorces for couples who have married abroad still require a divorce from the court before proceeding with the Islamic Divorce Decree. A legal court divorce is necessary before contacting MCC for religious divorce services.
- In the San Francisco Bay Area, several community members are family law attorneys (immigration attorneys here) to assist you:
- For discounted/pro bono legal aid services, please check with Bay Area Legal Aid, or Justia, or use the Self-Help & Family Law Facilitator’s office in Alameda County.
- If there is domestic abuse, please call,
- 911 if in immediate danger
- For Bay Area: North American Islamic Shelter For The Abused (NISA) at (888) 275-6472
- For Sacramento Area: ICNA Relief’s Sakina Home at (916) 821-5166
- National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233
- For discounted/pro bono legal aid services, please check with Bay Area Legal Aid or Justia.
- For immigration services in the Sacramento area, please see here.
- For a personal injury attorney, please get in touch with Shafeeq Sadiq.
- Please see here for Islamic estate planning, wills or trusts.
Questions? Please contact us.