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New UAE rule for unwed couples, live-in partners extra-marital relationships starting January 2


DUBAI – The UAE has ratified a new and updated law that eases restrictions for unwed couples, live-in partners or premarital relationships, which will be fully imposed starting on January 2, 2022.

This came after UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved a wide-ranging reform of the country’s legal system on November 27.

Under the new law, consensual relationships out of wedlock will no longer be considered a crime, provided that both partners are single.

However, any child conceived after wedlock as a result of the relationship must be acknowledged and cared for, otherwise the couple will face a criminal case with jail term of no less than six months.

Any couple conceiving a child out of wedlock will be required to marry; or singly or jointly acknowledge the child and provide identification papers and travel documents in accordance with the laws of the country of which either is a national, considering the applicable laws of that nation.

Failing this, a criminal case would introduce a prison term of two years for both parties. ICA/Expat Media

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