UAE changes divorce laws to help expat cases


DUBAI – The UAE government has amended divorce laws in the country to allow laws of a person’s country of origin to apply in cases involving expatriates.

The laws, announced on Saturday (November 7), are seen as one of the biggest overhauls of the UAE legal system. The changes are effective immediately.

The provisions allow expatriates to have their personal affairs dealt with according to the law of their home country.

On divorce, separation and division of assets, the laws of a person’s country of origin can now be used instead of the Islamic law or sharia.

If a couple were married in their home country and divorced in the UAE, the laws of the country where they married would apply.

The court can also be called on to mediate on joint assets and accounts in case the two parties could not reach an amicable agreement. ICA/Expat Media

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