According to article 5 of United Arab Emirates Personal Status law 28 / 2005 relating to marriage, divorce, child custody in Dubai & Abu Dhabi and whole U.A.E, the courts in United Arab Emirates has the jurisdiction in all family matters in the following conditions:-
Article 5 (5):
Courts of U.A.E have a full jurisdiction in all cases involving personal status – family – matters which to be initiated against citizens or foreigners who have a home or place of residence or place of business in the United Arab.
This means to expats have the right to file their lawsuits for alimony, children custody, child maintenance, housing of the wife, marriage, divorce and annul of a marriage in UAE, Provided that the defendant in all these family and personal status lawsuits should have a valid residency visa in the United Arab Emirates.
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