There is no escape from the after effects of a divorce in UAE. The rules and laws for divorce in your home country can apply here in the UAE according to Article 1 of ‘UAE Personal Status Law’ (commonly known as ‘Shariah Law’).
As an expat you may be unclear of many areas of the law, particularly in relation to divorce and court proceeding in the UAE. There may also be complications relating to claiming legal rights for the husband, the wife and the children.
As a Muslim man you can divorce your wife by saying ‘I divorce you’ three times and you will be separated according to the UAE law. However, women cannot do the same. There are provisions to allow a Muslim woman to divorce her husband for incidences such as domestic violence or inability or failure to provide financial support. Another method for a woman to divorce from her husband is Khula. It should be remembered however that if following this path, she will lose the dowry (the money to be paid by her husband for releasing her from the marriage).
How to file for divorce proceedings? This will depend on the specific details of the case. If, for example, a woman is earning money to support the family and has family assets in her name, Dubai court could be the most beneficial place to file if the intention is not to pay money to her husband. This path would also help in ensuring she retains custody of the children and she keep all her assets in her name.
UK courts can be more beneficial if a husband was earning to support the family, you have joint assets and if you need to consider pension earnings now or in the future.
In reality, there isn’t one solution that applies to all cases and it is imperative that you seek professional guidance that is tailored for your specific circumstances.