Marriage may be considered, before a child is born, as it is the act of birth itself that is considered a crime.Dubai Electricity and Water Authority bills must be paid solely by the person whose name appears on the bill, says Sunil Thacker of Sunil Thacker Associates.“The UK courts could approve child maintenance and spousal maintenance.” Tribe maintains that it is vital to be aware of your husband’s assets, so you stand the best chance of a reparative divorce settlement.
A male child will then stay in the care of his father until he becomes a teenager (13 years old), while a girl will stay with the father until she is married, or is earning enough to cover her own living costs.
Another way women can divorce is called Khula – the right of a wife to seek a release from the bond of marriage – though if a woman uses this method, she loses her dowry [property or money paid to the bride by the husband].”A Khula divorce can be applied for if a Muslim woman proves that her husband is ‘not committed’ to married life, for example if he is abusive or uses alcohol. When it comes to divorce proceedings, whether it is better or not to carry them out in the UAE or your home country depends on the case at hand.
“If a woman was the main breadwinner of the family, and she was going to be the custodian of the kids, and she had all the assets in her own name, then I would say: ‘Get a divorce in the Dubai courts,’ because she will retain all the assets in her own name, she wouldn’t have to pay any maintenance to her husband, and she would get custody of her young children,” says Expatriate Law’s Alexandra Tribe (divorce and family lawyers).“But if a woman came to me and said: ‘My husband’s the breadwinner, we have some joint assets in the UK, I don’t really know about his pension.’ Then I would say the UK courts would be better,” she adds.
Only one person per household can do this unless a married couple’s joint account is registered.“In accordance with divorce laws in the UAE, a [Muslim] husband can divorce his wife by simply saying ‘I divorce thee’ and he is then granted a divorce by the state,” explains Nadya Khalife from Human Rights Watch, an organisation dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.
“Women cannot do the same, though there are certain circumstances in which women will be granted a divorce, for example if there is violence in the home, if the husband is not paying maintenance or if he abandons the family.