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Question: I am a non-Muslim Asian woman and I
recently gave birth at a hospital. When I tried to get a birth
certificate from the hospital, they asked me to go to court and get
a court order so it can be issued. When I sought clarification,
they said that the period between the date of marriage on my
marriage certificate and the delivery date of my baby was less than
180 days. I explained to them that the marriage certificate was
issued two months after the actual marriage ceremony but they are
demanding that I get the court order, although I'm afraid to go
to court. Is there any alternative to going through this
Answer: If what you are saying regarding your
marriage is true, please note that you have nothing to worry about
in going to court. You have the right to file a case requesting the
court to pass an order allowing you to get the birth certificate,
based on the above facts. It is quite likely that the court will
ask you to produce witnesses (two men or two women and a man) to
testify the exact date and place of your marriage. It is also
advisable that you give the court copies of your application for
the marriage certificate, along with any other document that can
confirm the date of your marriage ceremony.
Question: I am a Muslim woman and have been
married for two years. My husband and I have a child. Until now, he
has not paid the agreed dowry and refuses to pay this money. Do I
have a right to claim a divorce on this ground?
Answer: As per Article 116/2 of the Federal law
no28 of 2005, the Personal Status Law, you do not have the right to
claim divorce from your husband based on this situation. But you
certainly have the right to claim dowry from your husband based on
the same law, so you should look to start a case to claim it.
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Question: My husband is planning to divorce me on a very petty issue. Do you think Dubai Courts would allow a divorce on these grounds, even though it's a matter that could have been resolved between us?
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