The court will hear all cases related to marriage, custody, divorce, childbirth, inheritance and personal status.
Abu Dhabi (Urdu Point latest newspaper. December 15, 2021) For the first time in the United Arab Emirates, a family court was established for non-Muslims. According to Emirati media, a dedicated family court for non-Muslims has been opened in Abu Dhabi as part of efforts to advance the judicial system and help attract international talent to the capital. Will hear all cases relating to birth, inheritance and personal status, sessions will be held in Arabic and English to ensure that foreigners understand them and can improve judicial transparency.
Yousef Saeed Al-Abri, Under-Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said that the establishment of the first special court for non-Muslim family matters was part of the ongoing efforts to further develop the judicial system in Abu Dhabi. It is part of a new legislation introduced last month to provide better assistance.
The new Family Law, issued by President Sheikh Khalifa, includes the promotion of equal legal rights for men and women, joint custody and divorce procedures, a move to bring Abu Dhabi up to international standards and to promote global talent. Designed to enhance its position as a destination, the new law gives spouses the right to divorce without having to prove that there was no harm in the marriage while resolving disputes. The joint and equal custody of the children with the procedure will be given to the parents automatically after the divorce.
The change in inheritance laws for non-Muslims in Abu Dhabi means that if a person dies without a will, half of his property will automatically go to his spouse and the other half will go to his children. The presiding judge will also have the power to resolve divorce disputes and may also work in civil marriage.