First in Ras Al Khaimah: Expat couple granted divorce under UAE law

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First in Ras Al Khaimah: Couple granted divorce under UAE law

In a first in Ras Al Khaimah, an expatriate couple has been granted divorce under the revised UAE federal law.

The non-Muslim couple, who married in Africa, divorced following a local court decision based on the husband’s petition citing marital breakdown. The couple also signed a settlement agreement.

The Ras Al Khaimah Court of First Instance granted the divorce to the couple based on the federal law of 2022 that allowed UAE courts to grant civil marriage, divorce and child custody to non-Muslim expatriates in the country.

The UAE law reforms on marriage, divorce, and child custody took effect on February 1. The Federal Personal Status Law was first announced last December 2022 to further modernize the UAE legal system, bringing the civil family court system of Abu Dhabi across the country. ICA/Expat Media


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