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February 23, 2017
Question: What types of divorce exist under Sharia law?
Answer: There are two types of divorce, revocable and irrevocable. A revocable divorce will allow the husband to cancel it at any point up until the end of the three-month Iddat, or waiting, period. After this period, if the couple wish to reconcile, they must do so by getting married. An irrevocable divorce ends the marriage as soon as it has happened.
Question: I am a Muslim male and recently married in Asia. How should I get my marriage certificate legalised and attested, so it can be recognised in the family courts?
Answer: For a marriage that's taken place outside the UAE to be recognised in the family courts, the marriage certificate should be legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country where it took place, and then attested by the UAE Embassy in that country. Further attestations should take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE, and the certificate must be translated into Arabic.
In certain circumstances even a validly attested marriage certificate would not be sufficient to allow a marriage to be recognised in the UAE courts. This is because, in Islam, certain marriages are not capable of recognition. For example, a marriage between a Muslim man and a woman who is not Muslim, Christian or Jewish or a marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man.
The above information might not apply if both parties are non-muslim. Starting from the 1st of February 2023, UAE issued specific family law to be applied between non-muslim expatriate residents in case none of them wanted to apply his/her home country's law in the UAE. To know more information about this law, please feel free to click this link.