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Family and Divorce law

Family law in the UAE is primarily governed by Islamic Sharia law, which influences various aspects of personal status matters, including marriage, divorce, child custody, and inheritance. The UAE has a dual legal system, meaning that both Sharia law and civil law coexist, and expatriates can choose between their home country's laws and local laws for certain matters.


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Muslim Marriages:
  • Requirements:The presence of a guardian (Wali) for the bride, two male witnesses, and a dowry (Mahr) are essential.
  • Registration:Marriages must be registered with the UAE courts to be legally recognized.

Non-Muslim Marriages:

  • Options:Expatriates can marry under the laws of their home country at their respective embassies or consulates, or under UAE civil law, particularly in free zones like Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • Civil Marriage:Recent reforms allow non-Muslims to opt for civil marriage, providing more flexibility and accommodating diverse cultural backgrounds.


Muslim Couples:

  • Talaq:The husband can initiate divorce by declaring his intent three times. This method is straightforward but must adhere to specific legal formalities.
  • Khula:The wife can seek a divorce through the courts, often involving the forfeiture of her financial rights as part of the process

Non-Muslim Couples

  • Civil Divorce:Expatriates can file for divorce under their home country's laws or UAE civil law. The process typically involves mandatory mediation sessions to attempt reconciliation before proceeding to court.

Child Custody

  • Best Interests of the Child: Custody decisions prioritize the child's best interests, typically granting custody to the mother for young children, while the father retains guardianship.
  • Age Consideration:Custody arrangements may change as children grow older, with boys usually remaining with their mothers until age 11 and girls until age 13.



  • Sharia Law: Inheritance is governed by Sharia law, which specifies fixed shares for heirs, including spouses, children, and parents.


  • Choice of Law: Expatriates can choose to apply their home country's laws by preparing a registered will in the UAE. This ensures that their assets are distributed according to their wishes rather than defaulting to Sharia principles.

Recent Legal Reforms

  • Civil Marriage for Non-Muslims: New laws allow non-Muslims to marry under civil law in Abu Dhabi, enhancing flexibility for expatriates.
  • Simplified Divorce Procedures: The divorce process for non-Muslims has been streamlined, reducing time and complexity
  • Joint Custody: Recent regulations support joint custody arrangements, ensuring both parents remain actively involved in their children's lives post-divorce.

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