Crime and Courts

Man, ex-wife in UAE court over health card

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on October 16, 2019
Court, UAE crime, UAE court, health card

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The court accepted the woman's plea and ordered the husband to pay Dh100 against lawyer fees.

An Emirati man and his divorced wife stood trial at the Ras Al Khaimah Personal Status Court over a health card litigation. 

As per court records, the case unfolded when the man approached the urgent matters judge at the Personal Status Court requesting his ex-wife, an Arab woman, to give him back her 'Emirati health card'.

"We are no longer married, and she has to hand over her 'Emirati health card' which is supposed to be replaced with an expat health card."

He added that the health bodies concerned have asked him to give back his ex-wife's health card to avoid financial penalties.

The urgent matters judge ruled in favour of the man, and ordered his ex-wife to return her 'Emirati health card' to her ex-husband.

Dissatisfied with the verdict, the woman approached the same Personal Status Court. She requested the court to communicate with the health bodies concerned to verify whether they had really warned her ex-husband and asked him to give back her 'Emirati health card'.

The woman's defence lawyer claimed the ruling of the urgent matters judge was prejudicial.
"My client's ex-husband is not entitled to ask for the health card of his divorced wife."
The man wanted to give a hard time to his ex-wife even after separation, she added.

"He wanted to suppress her and got himself involved in something he had nothing to do with."

The defence lawyer requested the court to cancel the ruling of the urgent matters judge, turn down the man's requests, order him to pay the court and advocacy charges and order the health bodies to issue her client a fresh 'Emirati Health Card' as she is on her Emirati daughter's sponsorship.

The court accepted the woman's plea, cancelled the ruling of the lower court, and ordered the husband to pay Dh100 against lawyer fees.

However, the court upheld the ruling of the urgent matters judge that the woman cannot use the same 'Emirati health card' she had while married to her Emirati husband, based on the reply of the health bodies.

Ahmed Shaaban

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