Who will take care of your kids?

It is extremely important for parents to be aware that guardianship and custody are both separate issues in the UAE. Dubai-based solicitor Nita Maru takes parents through the process of naming a legal guardian for children in case of a family tragedy.

Sharia law, and more particularly the UAE Personal Affairs Law, governs the issues pertaining […]

DIFC Wills and Probate Registry

Nita Maru, Solicitor and Managing Partner of TWS Legal Consultants talks about the new regulations regarding wills announced by DIFC.

In a landmark move the DIFC introduced new rules, relating to succession and inheritance matters for non-Muslims owning assets in the Emirate of Dubai. The DIFC is the first jurisdiction in the MENA region, where a […]

Infidelity behind large majority of divorce cases in UAE

Dubai recorded about 11 marriages and four divorce cases every day last year.

A Dubai-based legal firm says almost 85 per cent of divorce cases are caused by some sort of infidelity.
“Infidelity alone amounts to about 85 per cent of all divorce cases that come to us,” says Nita Maru, Solicitor and Managing Partner at TWS […]

UAE rules and regulations on divorce

We are usually brought up to believe that when two people fall in love, the natural outcome is getting married and building a family. And just as the decision to get married is no easy one, neither are the legal systems across different countries and jurisdictions when it comes to granting divorce to estranged couples, […]

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Where there’s a Will

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has formed the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, which allows non-Muslim individuals owning assets within Dubai to freely dispose of their Dubai estate in the event of death.
Following her involvement with the creation of the registry, which starts today, Dubai-based solicitor Nita Maru answers key questions on the issue […]

New inheritance laws in DIFC

In a landmark move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has set out plans to form the ‘DIFC Wills and Probate Registry’ and introduce new internationally-recognized common law principles that will allow non-Muslim individuals owning assets within Dubai to freely dispose of their Dubai estate in the event of their death.
Following her involvement with the […]

Infidelity blamed for up to 85% of divorces in UAE

Adultery putting marriage vows under strain, say expertsDubai: Rising infidelity is the main cause for marriages falling apart in the UAE, experts have warned.
While official data show a 34 per cent surge in divorces in 2014 in Dubai alone, experts said 75-85 per cent of the cases they handle involve infidelity.
An Asian woman who has […]

Upcoming Wills and Probate Registry for Non Muslims – Early 2015

In a landmark move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) has set the ball rolling for the introduction of new rules relating to succession and inheritance matters of non-Muslims owning assets in the Emirate.
On November 16th 2014, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority launched a month-long consultation with the public UAE legal community […]

Registry for Expats will set launch at DIFC

Legal uncertainties over expatriate wills in Dubai could become a thing of the past with the launch early next year of a new registry.
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) hopes that the new wills and probate registry – open to all non-Muslim expatriates – will benefit those wishing to hold financial and real estate assets […]