Divorce in the UAE
The divorce rate in the UAE has increased dramatically in the last few years, and is costing the government lots of money.
February 9, 2009 2:52 by Aarti Nagraj
However, under Sharia law, if a man says, “I divorce thee” to his wife three times, it indicates a final separation. A man can also divorce his wife over the phone or in letter, after which they will have to approach the court to finalize the proceedings.
A woman may also be granted a divorce if she proves that her husband has been physically or mentally abusive, if he has abandoned her for a period of three months and/or he refuses to take care of her and their children.
She can also obtain a khula – a separation from her husband from the court, but will have to return the dowry to her husband and may even have to pay compensation depending on the court’s ruling.