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Divorce Procedure in Dubai

Divorce Procedure in Dubai

Updated on Tuesday 14th June 2016

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Divorces in Dubai are filed for various reasons, including marital infidelity, lack of communication, financial strain, cultural differences or unrealistic expectations. When a marriage in Dubai breaks down, couples must address the appropriate Dubai court in order to end the union.
The Sharia Law applies to Islamic marriages and divorces in Dubai, while non-Muslim divorces are governed by other laws. Our lawyers in Dubai can help you file for divorce and offer you legal representation during the procedure.

Divorce according to ethnicity in Dubai

Dubai is an international financial center, where many business owners open companies and handle various affairs. This is why, according to law, non-Muslims and non-natives in Dubai can make an application for divorce in the UAE even if the marriage was not concluded there.
Muslim couples can divorce according to the Sharia Law. The first step is to register the divorce at the Moral and Family Guidance Section belonging to the Dubai Courts. A marriage counselor will try to reconcile the parties, but if no compromise is made, the case is sent to court.
Non-Muslim and non-native couples living in Dubai can apply for divorce in Dubai. Non-Muslims, who were married in Dubai, can divorce according to the laws in their native country. However, it is important to know that if non-Muslim couples decide to divorce in Dubai, the Sharia Law will apply for child custody and support and the division of assets. The law in the native country can be different from the Sharia Law and it is recommended that couples seek the help of an attorney in Dubai in this case.

The procedure for divorce in Dubai

Regardless of the reasons that brought the separation, couples wanting to divorce in Dubai are required to go through a conciliation period. During this time, both parties can express their complaints and issues and discuss them. This is done without the presence of the legal representative. During this stage, the couple can agree upon amicable divorce. If this is their wish, they will have to draft a settlement and sign it before a qualified conciliator. This settlement may be freely agreed upon and it does not necessarily need to comply with the UAE laws or the specific Sharia regulations. When the parties can agree upon the division of assets and other matters, the divorce procedure can last only a few months. If an agreement is not possible and the divorce is settled in court, the procedure will last longer.
After the counsellor has met the parties and they have agreed to the divorce, the case is referred to the competent judge. The procedure takes place in the presence of two witnesses. Copies of the four identification documents must be submitted and also a copy of the marriage contract. If you want to divorce in Dubai, one of our Dubai lawyers who has knowledge of the Sharia Law can help you.
Please contact our law firm in Dubai for more information about marriage or divorce in the UAE.


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