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  • Passport Issuance Laws in the UAE: Consent and Custodial Challenges

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    September 12, 2023

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    Passport issuance laws in the UAE play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and interests of children, particularly in cases of custody disputes and parental consent. The UAE's legal framework, including articles from the Wadeema Law, Federal Law No. 28/2005, and Federal Decree-Law No. 41/2022 On Civil Personal Status, outlines the rights and responsibilities of parents, guardians, and custodians in matters related to passport issuance, travel, and child custody. In this article, we explore the key provisions, challenges, and implications of these laws in the UAE.


  • What you need to know about Father’s Sole Custody to his Children in the UAE?

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    May 17, 2023

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    The courts in UAE will award custody of a child to the parent who is best able to provide for the child’s welfare and interests, in addition the court shall also take into account factors such as the child's age, gender, religion and personal needs.


  • Who will Be Granted Custody of the Children in A Case of Parental Neglect In the UAE?

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    April 18, 2023

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    Parents are made to be the natural custodian of a child upon his birth, and in cases where parents are not fit to take custody, it may be given to the close relatives of the child, or a person competent to be a custodian in the eyes of law. But there may be cases when those entrusted to take care of a child are themselves the perpetrators of neglect towards the child. The UAE laws are very strict when it comes to the protection of children, and have laid down penalties if it is found that a child has been subject to neglect by his custodian.


  • Restrictions and Travel Ban for Children in the UAE: What you need to know?

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    April 05, 2023

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    Custody and guardianship are perhaps two of the most discussed concepts in the UAE family law. The present laws governing family matters have defined the scope of both to a certain extent, and parents are awarded their rights over the children accordingly.


  • What Is Joint Custody of Children After Divorce in The UAE Law?

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    December 19, 2022

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    1647 views

    The personal status matters in the UAE are regulated by Federal Law No. 28 of 2005 (UAE Personal Status Law), as amended, and Federal Law No. 5 of 1985 on Civil Transactions Law, as amended.


  • Important Things to Know About Child Custody Under Sharia Law

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    November 16, 2022

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    1802 views

    Child custody is an important consideration when spouses are getting divorced. While divorce in itself is a tough situation to be in, when there are children involved, it becomes a harder situation.


  • What Is the Legal Procedure for Mutual Transfer for Custody of a Child?

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    September 05, 2022

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    6644 views

    Under the UAE personal status laws, a custodian and a guardian are two different concepts. A custodian is an individual who takes care of the child on a day-to-day basis and has physical custody of the child.


  • Law on Family Matters for Expatriates living in the UAE: Part III

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    May 25, 2022

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    This concludes our discussion on the federal laws applicable to personal status matters in the UAE. However, Abu Dhabi has introduced new family laws which will have a massive impact on non-Muslim expats living in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi. Check out Part IV of the series for a review of the Abu Dhabi laws.


  • Learn More: Child Abduction in The UAE And Its Consequences

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    December 07, 2021

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    2702 views

    Parental child abduction is quite often faced when a couple is contemplating a separation, and it leaves one parent at a disadvantage compared to the other. As a preventive measure the UAE laws allows for a travel ban request to be imposed on minor children at the request of either parent. When the request is allowed by the court, it functions as a preventive measure to ensure that parental child abduction is not allowed.


  • What Are the Punishments for Child Abduction in the UAE?

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    September 29, 2021

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    2881 views

    Abduction in legal terms refers to ‘taking a person away utilizing persuasion, fraud, or force’. It can also be an act of unlawful interference with a family relationship, such as the taking of a child from its parent, irrespective of whether the person abducted consents or not.


  • Significant Guidelines Released by The Dubai Courts Concerning Visitation

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    March 29, 2021

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    6250 views

    At the beginning of 2021, Dubai Decision No. 3 of 2021 laid down the visitation timings by one of the parents, and the Decision organized the time duration and types, as well as the age of the child and the relationship between the applicant and the child.


  • 3 Points to Remember If Your Spouse Abducts Your Child To UAE

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    July 07, 2019

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    4923 views

    Through this article, I will highlight three important points to be considered by either spouse, if the other spouse has abducted the child from another country to the UAE without proper authorization and consent.


  • Child Custody Law in the United Arab Emirates

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    April 10, 2016

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    14148 views

    The laws of the U.A.E. seek to protect the inhabitants, and most importantly children, in every way imaginable. These laws are laced with concern for the child's well-being, and everything centres on what will be the best for him or her.


  • Case Study in the United Arab Emirates

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    April 10, 2016

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    7442 views

    Custody laws in the United Arab Emirates are mainly transcribed in Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), and I will refer to these articles in covering the Court's discretion in family law issues.


  • Important Things to Know About International Child Abduction Laws

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    November 12, 2013

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    5082 views

    Dr. Hassan Elhais explains the difference between a guardians and a custodians and the age limits of children that determine their travel and passport responsibilities.


  • Important Things to Know About Attestation Cases in UAE

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    November 07, 2013

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    5363 views

    Briefly explain the legal position in relation to custody/ parental responsibility following the breakdown of a relationship or marriage.


  • Child's Best Interest

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    June 25, 2012

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    5889 views

    Many family law cases in the United Arab Emirates follow Federal Law No. 28 of the year 2005 (UAE Personal Affairs Law), to which I will be referring to in this blog, to determine which parent is awarded custody.


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