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March 22, 2021|
In the beginning of 2021, the Dubai Courts issued Decision No. 3 of 2021, organizing the application of personal status matters. This decision has significant and amazing changes, which we thought might draw the attention of many readers interested in UAE family matters. One of the most significant changes is the amount for expenses decided by the courts according to the following guidelines:
|Decided Claim Could Be||Husband Net Income|
|700-1000||Less than 5,000|
|5000 and more||More than 70,000|
|Child Support Could Be||Net Income|
|500-1000||Less than 5,000|
|4000 and more||More than 70,000|
|Net Income||Housemaid Visa Cost (Every 2 years)||Housemaid Salary Could Be (monthly)||Foster’s wage|
|Not less than 5,000||-||-||150-200||200-250|
|More than 70,000||18000||1500||1400-1500||Not less than 1500|
|Net Income||Transport Expense|
|Transport Expense monthly||Driver Visa Cost Every 2 years||Driver salary monthly||Vehicle for one time||Vehicle Fuel Monthly|
|Less than 5,000||To not exceed 200||-||-||-||-|
|5,000-10,000||To not exceed 300||-||-||-||-|
|10,000-20,000||To not exceed 500||-||-||-||-|
|20,000-30,000||To not exceed 800||-||-||-||-|
|30,000-50,000||To not exceed 1200||-||-||-||-|
|50,000-70,000||-||1000||2000||50000-80000||To not exceed 500|
|More than 70,000||-||15000||2500||100000-250000||To not exceed 1000|
The above tables shall be reevaluated by the courts every two years and shall not be considered as a reason to file a second case in regards to increasing the expenses by the wife nor be used for filing a second case by the husband asking for a deduction of what has been decided by the court in the previous case. However, it may be used as an argument for the first family case.
It is important to highlight that as per Article No. 2 of Decision No. 3 of 2021, that the context of this decision is issued for the sake of guidance and not mandatory to be applied and shall be considered in each undecided procedure or case, before the date of the decree’s issuance.
The above information might not apply if both parties are non-muslim. Starting from the 3rd 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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