Sharp drop in RAK family dispute cases due to financial help

The settling of debts along with the provision of proper accommodation for Emiratis had a direct positive impact on family stability.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Tue 28 Oct 2014, 11:56 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:51 PM

The families here in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) are becoming more stable with a significant drop recorded in the number of family-related cases requiring court consultation and counselling services in the first half of this year.

According to a top official, the RAK Courts have seen a drop of over 46 per cent in the number of cases requiring family reconciliation services.

Advisor Ahmed Mohammed Al Khatiri, Chairman of the RAK Courts, said they have provided up to 1,882 family reconciliation services in the first six months of the year. “These spanned a variety of family-related issues, particularly those related to reconciliation, agreement, on-the-spot and phone-based consultation. Some of cases were also referred to the court for hearing.”

The main reason behind the significant drop is attributed to the kind gesture of the prudent leaders of the country to settle down the debt issues of Emirati defaulters, he explained.

“The settling of debts along with the provision of proper accommodation for Emiratis had a direct positive impact on family stability.” Al Khatiri stated that they found out some 600 reasons behind family disputes. “The list topped with the issue of failure to financially support one’s family and unable to provide proper accommodation for one’s family.”

Some of the other reasons leading to family disputes included husband’s indifference towards family by spending more time outdoors, relatives’ interference, and addiction to the Internet, he added. Al Khatiri said official statistics show that social services provided by the RAK Courts have significantly decreased by 2,451 services or 18.8 percent in the first half of the year.

“The RAK Courts provided 10,617 social services from January 1 to June 30, 2014 against 13,068 over the same period last year.”

The RAK Courts have processed up to 33,365 judicial, legal and social services in the first six months of the year, he added.

Al Khatiri said they also provided 2,914 judicial notifications and legal reports, as well as 3,404 services for registering civil and personal status lawsuits in the RAK Court of First Instance. A total of 1,642 final verdicts have been given by the RAK Courts in the civil and personal status circuits and 70 expert auditing reports over the same period, he said.

“The RAK Courts managed to execute 1,134 judgments in the first half of the year, a 28.14 per cent increase as compared to the judgments executed in the same six months last year,” he said.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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