Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, November 8, 2021

Abu Dhabi To Allow Non-Muslim Civil Marriage Under Family Law Shakeup

From Reuters:

Non-Muslims will be allowed to marry, divorce and get joint child custody under civil law in Abu Dhabi according to a new decree issued on Sunday by its ruler, state news agency WAM said.

It is the latest step in the United Arab Emirates -- where personal status laws on marriage and divorce had been based on Islamic sharia principles, as in other Gulf states -- to maintain its competitive edge as a regional commercial hub.

A new court to handle non-Muslim family matters will be set up in Abu Dhabi and will operate in both English and Arabic.

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