Legal Precautions Every UAE expat Should Consider Taking
Earlier this month, married British women were warned to think carefully about the state of their marriage before moving to the UAE. The warning was prompted by campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW), which highlighted the serious legal problems that even non-Muslim women can encounter if their marriage fails while they’re in the UAE and they end up battling their divorce in a sharia court.
HRW also said the UAE authorities were “failing to respond adequately to reports of domestic violence”, leaving battered women here in dire straits.
The caution comes as the UAE prepares for the annual influx of new expat families arriving in time for the new school year. And I feel for them because, these days, it’s very easy to hop on a flight and arrive a few hours later in the land of opportunity without fully comprehending that things are done differently here. Very differently. It is after all a Muslim country governed by sharia.
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