What can I Do if I Try to Divorce My Husband and He Refuses?

I am trying to get a divorce from my husband, however, he refuses to divorce me. Is there any way around it or am I stuck? I Have been to Dubai courts five times but my husband refuses to join me so they keep sending me back saying I need to bring him. I have good grounds for divorce, my husband had a job in 2 years and sleeps with other woman and beats me. I am the sole provider for our family. We have a 10-month-old daughter. I also financially support his entire family.

Answer: As per the UAE personal status law, it is the husband’s duty to take care of the wife and children. If your husband has not complied with the law as required you have the right to file for divorce based on that ground.

The issue of physical harm would need to substantiate by medical evidence or witnesses to be used as a ground for divorce. Even if he refuses to cooperate you still have the right to get divorced from him by filing a case at the family guidance center of the Dubai Family court.

In order to make sure that you are aware of your rights in regards to financial alimony and child custody, it is advisable that you seek professional legal advice prior to filing the case at the court.


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

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