Cultural differences 
main cause of divorce

Differences of culture and traditions as well as rushed and inaccurate decisions with regards to the right partner are to blame for most divorce requests submitted to the Ras Al Khaimah Courts.

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Published: Thu 24 Oct 2013, 11:49 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:39 PM

According to a senior official, 14 women — despite completing the official documents and procedures of marriage — sought divorce before the wedding night in the first nine months of the year.

Jassim Al Makki, Head of the Family Counselling Section - RAK Courts, said 41 wives in the emirate requested Khula which is a conditioned divorce in Islamic jurisprudence whereby the wife gives back all jewellery, furniture or gifts she receives from her husband, to gain divorce for no logical reason. “Of this, two requested for it even before the wedding night.”

Explaining, he said 38 husbands from various Arab nationalities requested separation from their wives for several reasons. “On top of these were disobedience and disrespect from the wife.” These two main reasons pose a risk to the stability of the family, particularly children, when the husband all of a sudden leaves, thereby destabilising the family,” said Al Makki .

He noted that all divorce and Khula requests submitted before the RAK courts showed that the couples involved were married only for short periods. The Reconciliation Committee formed in 1993, helps the RAK courts by meeting and counselling the parties involved. Its staff have settled many difficult and complicated disputes.

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