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I married an Egyptian man in 2009. We had a son together in 2011. I am Canadian and my husband became a Canadian citizen in 2015. He and my son are Muslim but I am not. My husband died in late 2015.
My husband has some family in Egypt. I have been advised by a lawyer in Egypt not to return to Egypt with my son because his family may seek custody of him. I have no evidence that they want custody. They have never discussed it or even hinted that it would be a possibility. I care for them but I don’t want to risk losing my boy.
My question is this: I have accepted a job in Dubai as a teacher. My son and I will travel to the UAE in August. I have my marriage certificate, my son’s birth certificate, and my husband’s death certificate all authenticated by the UAE consulate in Ottawa. I am my son’s legal guardian. Do I have any concerns about my son’s custody when entering the UAE? He has no family ties in the UAE.
Please be informed that there will be no risk if you come to UAE, you should be the sole custodian as per the UAE law.
There will be a risk if you came here at UAE and the brother and the sister came to UAE that they can claim custody based on the religion difference as you are not a Muslim.
Just in case such situation happened you can appoint a lawyer to assist you with your matter.
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 expat 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