Planning Today for Tomorrow – Make a Will.

If your family is left behind grieving, stranded and strapped for cash, it won’t be because you did something wrong. It will be because you did nothing.

As an expat living in the UAE you can be forgiven for thinking about the here and now and not contemplating what might happen if you pass away. But […]

What are the rights of a father in a divorce?

Whether you decide to divorce in the UK or the UAE, it is imperative for parents to be aware of and understand their position in relation to any children of the family. In the UAE, there are two aspects involved in the care of children: Custody (Hadana) and Guardianship (Wilaya). Custodians are the caretakers of […]

Mediation

Mediation in family law cases can assist parties to come to an agreement in relation to arrangements where they may not have been able to agree matters between themselves.

There is an upward trend in the engaging of a mediator as couples recognise the fact that not arriving at an agreement and having to leave matters […]

Prenuptial Agreement

WHAT IS A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT?

A prenuptial agreement is a written agreement entered into between two parties prior to their marriage. It clarifies the ownership of assets (money, real estate, personal chattels etc.) and how they will be divided in the event of a breakdown of the marriage.

ARE PRENUPS FORMALLY BINDING IN ENGLAND & WALES?

Prenuptial […]

A tale of two cities: London or Dubai for divorce

In making life altering decisions such as divorce or separation, it is imperative to make an informed choice, armed with the pros and cons you could face in all eventualities.

When a relationship breaks down, the situation you can find yourself in can be isolating and the decision-making process as to what next steps to take […]

ANCILLARY RELIEF (FINANCIAL SETTLEMENTS) IN THE UK

In England and Wales when a couple arrives at the conclusion that the marriage is at an end there are various factors that need to be considered when deciding to part ways. As well as the divorce procedure itself, arrangements need to be made with regards to children and assets of the family.

Usually the couple […]

FAQ’s on Divorce in the UAE – Nita Maru

When a couple decide to divorce the issue can be further complicated when you are residing in a foreign country where you are not aware of the local laws and procedures.
The laws governing divorce in the UAE are very different from the UK, for example, and can become more complicated if there are children and […]

Q & A’s on UAE Employment Law

1. Does an employee’s resignation require the employer’s consent?

The resignation of an employee is valid under all circumstances and even where the employer does not approve of the resignation, the Labour Law does not require the consent of the employer for the employee to resign from their position. The employee should provide the requisite notice […]

New Dubai Law No. 15 – Nita Maru

New Dubai Law on Non-Muslim Wills and Administration of Non-Muslim Estates in Dubai.

Non-Muslim expats welcome a new law recently issued in Dubai which creates a legal framework for registration and enforcement of non-Muslim wills.  It outlines legal procedures that will encourage expat resident in Dubai or living abroad to prepare and register wills for assets […]

Employment Contracts: the difference between limited and unlimited contracts

Employers and employees often find themselves confused between the two types of employment contracts that exist in the UAE. One is known as a limited contract or term and the other is an unlimited contract or term. Commonly, individuals and companies are unaware of the main distinctions between the two types of contracts until a […]