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June 30, 2019



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I'm pregnant and my husband is abusing me - What can I do?

Question: I am a British national living in the UK and my husband, who is also British, lives in the UAE. I've recently discovered that he has been cheating on me with a British woman residing in the UAE. The woman frequently travels between the Emirates and the UK. Could you tell me what my rights and options are should I decide to pursue a case against my husband?

Answer: You can file a criminal case of adultery against your husband and the other woman. As per Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code, the offence carries a sentence up to one year and mandatory deportation. However, the prosecution and the criminal courts have the discretion to decide on the validity of the evidence submitted by you. You can also file a divorce case against him on the grounds of adultery.

Question: I am an Indian citizen and my wife is from Pakistan. After being married for a few years we decided to divorce and approached the Family Guidance Centre. We then decided to give each other some more time and cancelled our request. A few months later, my wife abandoned me, changed her phone number and I have had no knowledge of her whereabouts since. Can I file for divorce in her absence and will this divorce request be accepted?

Answer: You can approach the Family Guidance Department within the premises of the Personal Status Court to register your divorce application. If your wife is in the UAE, the department will contact her for an amicable divorce settlement. If the department cannot reach the other party, they refer the matter to the court. If you can prove that you do not know your wife's location, the UAE courts shall have jurisdiction on your divorce case as per Article 6.5 of the UAE Personal Status Law and Article 21.6 of the UAE Civil Procedure Code.

Question: I am 6 months pregnant and my husband is physically and mentally abusing me. Can I file a case against him?

Answer: Physical abuse by the husband is a crime in the UAE. If there is a mark on your body evidencing your husband's abuse, you can report to the police and simultaneously obtain a medical report from the hospital. Such a violent behaviour is also a ground for a divorce case. Accordingly, you can claim all your rights including financial claims from him in the divorce case.

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