Supreme Court permits divorced woman to travel

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court quashed a judgment, which had banned a divorced Asian woman from travelling. Her former husband had filed a lawsuit accusing her of ‘cheating him’ of Dh1 million.

By Adel Arafa

Published: Thu 26 Aug 2010, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:19 AM

The ex-husband had filed the law suit at the Federal Court of First Instance demanding a ban on his divorced wife and mother of his three children from travelling until the financial case is settled. In its ruling, the court banned the woman from travelling to her country.

However, after three years, the woman said her mother was ill back home and she wanted to visit her.

She pleaded that the Dh1 million in question was a value of gifts he presented to her when he was her husband.

The primary court accepted her plea and lifted the travel ban but the plaintiff challenged the verdict at the Court of Appeal, which again ruled in favour of the defendant.

At the Federal Supreme Court, the plaintiff contested the judgment and expressed his readiness to bring his divorced wife’s mother from her country at his own expense. According to him, the travel ban was meant to allow her to be the custodian of the children here.

The defendant told the court that her mother’s critical health condition could not allow her to board a plane. She furnished the court with medical reports. As for her children, she said her sister would take care of them and that she will be back as soon as possible.

The apex court said the woman in question has no intention to flee.

The court added that the extradition treaty signed between the UAE and the defendant’s country would as a last resort ensure the return of the woman.


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