Advice for expats divorcing in Dubai

The UAE court system can be a daunting prospect for expats – especially those who are going down the path of divorce.
Nida Chaudhry, a solicitor working with TWS Legal Consultants in Dubai, answers some of the common questions.

Where can I get a divorce?
This is the most common question expert family lawyers get asked. Legally, this […]

Why expats in the UAE need to plan for the worst

If your family is left behind grieving, stranded and strapped for cash, it won’t be because you did something wrong. It will be because you did nothing.

As an expat living in the UAE you can be forgiven for thinking about the here and now and not contemplating what might happen if you pass away. But […]

The difference between custody and guardianship in the UAE

Custody and guardianship is an often repeated concern for expats considering a divorce in the UAE.These concerns are further compounded when the parties are not aware that the laws of the UAE differ from those of the country of their nationality.
When considering a divorce, the husband and wife must note that custody and guardianship are […]

Common mistakes to avoid while drafting a will

Why wills that are homemade or prepared by unlicensed writers are often found to be invalid and ineffective in the UAE
DUBAI: Incorrectly drawn up wills are often found to be invalid and ineffective in the UAE and can lead to an estate being treated as if the person died intestate, i.e. without a will, a […]

Child custody in UAE: Big battles over little ones

Lack of awareness about UAE laws resulting in ugly situations as parents go in for divorce, say legal expertsDUBAI: The mother of a 14-year-old girl is worried sick. Since her daughter is 13-plus, she does not have automatic custody or any guardianship rights over her in the UAE. But the father, who has these rights, […]

UAE expatriates must start planning today for tomorrow

A will is essential to protect your family and assets.It is not a pleasant subject to think and talk about. However, all expatriates living in the UAE need to be aware that the laws over here differ from those in their home countries when it comes to matters of death and inheritance.
ExpatConnect has asked solicitor […]

DIFC Wills and Probate and Registry

Non-muslim expats can now register a Will under international Common Law.

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) launched the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry (WPR) that allows non-Muslim expats to control what happens to their assets based in Dubai in the event of their death.
Nita Maru is a UK-qualified solicitor and managing partner at TWS Legal […]

Issues facing couples considering divorce in the UAE

When a couple decide to divorce the issue can be further complicated when you are residing in a foreign country where you are not aware of the local laws and procedures.The laws governing divorce in the UAE are very different to the UK, for example, and become even more complicated if there are children and […]

Rights on changing jobs in UAE

A recent letter by a 7DAYS reader about changing jobs sparked a lot of debate. The reader was worried that their current employer would cause trouble for them if they tried to leave and the person wanted to know what their rights were.
Here, solicitor Nida Chaudhry answers some of the key questions about moving companies.
Can […]

Harassed husbands: How some married men end up as victims of physical and emotional abuse

Believe it or not, harassed hubbies are a sad and silent reality in Dubai. The UAE Law does not speak separately about husband or wife but in general gives the right to any of them who gets abused to take action against the other.

A Dubai-based man recently filed a case against his wife in the […]