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Question: I am a Western woman who works in the UAE. My
husband also works here but he has not supported me financially for
the past 10 years. Am I able to make a claim against him for
financial support, backdated 10 years?
Answer: Unfortunately, as Article 67 of the UAE Personal Status
Law states, the maximum permissible backdated financial support
claim a woman can make against her husband is for three years.
However, there is one exception to that rule. The exception is if
you and your husband had signed an agreement in accordance with the
law stating that he was to provide financial support to you. If it
were the case that he was not complying with the terms of such an
agreement and not meeting his obligation for a long time, then the
three-year backdated limit is not applicable.
Question: I am an Arab woman who filed and won a
financial support case against my ex-husband. I know that he has a
lot of bounced cheque cases pending and civil cases against him in
court so I am afraid that, when it comes to his financial support,
I will only get a small proportion of the money I'm entitled
to. Does the law safeguard my money?
Answer: According to Article 65 of Federal Law no 28 of 2005,
referred to as the Personal Status Law, your financial rights
against your ex-husband take priority over any other third-party
claims to your husband's assets. Therefore, when the law is
applied, you, as an ex-wife, will get your due rights before any
other debtor enforcing their respective rights against your
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