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The Importance of Registering your Marriage in UAE

Most people enter into marriage because of their love for their partner. And they want to engage in a lifelong commitment with them. Fortunately, court marriage in UAE also brings about a lot of legal benefits.

While living together has become a popular option for a lot of people nowadays. Especially when the UAE legislation now allows couples to live under one roof, couples that live together. Also known as cohabitating, do NOT enjoy the same number of privileges and protection under the law. Although getting extra-legal rights is not the main reason why you want to tie the knot with your partner. These legal rights can have a huge impact on you and your partner’s lives further down the road. Most especially in terms of getting financial protection.

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Here are some of the reasons why it is crucial for couples to marry in the UAE:

  • Joint asset ownership

Unmarried couples, regardless of how long they have been together, don’t have an automatic right with the estate of one another when one dies. This is because the UAE legislation prioritizes blood relatives. A surviving cohabitee will have- no rights to a deceased partner’s properties and assets.

With court marriage in UAE, even with separation or divorce between the married couple, assets will be divided, as deemed appropriate by the local courts, in a fair and just way. Being married will most definitely be important for the quality of life you will have in the future. If you are earning a significantly lower amount each year in comparison to your partner. Then you will see this as even more crucial. The same goes if you are staying home to take care of a child and you’ve lost out on making payments for your pension.

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  • Inherit money even when there’s no will

The UAE government has been very keen on promoting marriage and for couples to formalize their relationships.  A lot of the perks revolve around inheritance. Although UAE doesn’t recognize the right of survivorship unlike other foreign countries. Local Sharia courts can help deal with the transfer of asset ownership to surviving family members of the deceased. If there is no will and testament, however, the process often gives rise to financial complications and delays even at a very critical time.

For this reason, it is best to consult with a legal advocate in the UAE for the creation of a will and testament.

  • Parental responsibility

Biological fathers will not automatically get a child’s parental responsibility if he is not married to the child’s other and he doesn’t have his last name on the child’s birth certificate. The father can get parental responsibility when he marries the mother. This can be after the birth of the child when they tie the know, either through court marriage in UAE or a church wedding.

Although an unmarried couple has the option of making a cohabitation agreement that outlines the details on how the partners want to formalize what is expected for each party, the agreement can’t replace completely the legal rights which come with marriage in UAE, which is automatically conferred.

  • Prenuptial agreement benefits

Under relevant UAE legislation, it is presumed that as soon as two legal persons get married, they are entering into an economic partnership. If one person is spending a huge amount of time focusing on his or her career with the other spending time for raising the kids, the non-monied spouse will be compensated from the prenuptial agreement signed by both parties. The assets of the couple can be divided fairly in the event that the spouses separate or choose to end their marriage.

  • Legal decision-making advantages

If you are married, you will automatically have the status, next-of-kin, which is crucial for hospital visits. You will  granted the ability to make medical decisions should your spouse becomes disabled or sick. You will also have legal rights in suing a hospital for a spouse’s wrongful death. And have the power in deciding whether or not your partner who has just died will be cremated or buried.

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  • Health insurance benefits

With court marriage in UAE, which is the easiest and quickest way in marrying in the country. You can get on the health insurance of your spouse and get the family rate. It will be very helpful, most especially when you don’t have health insurance as you are not employed currently.

  • Leave benefits

Through your employer, it is possible to take a leave when you feel the need to bereave or possibly take care of a sick spouse. For a bereavement leave, it can taken when your spouse passes away.

If you want to know more about marriage in UAE, consult with our marriage attorneys here in Dubai Court Marriage!

Hazim Darwish Practicing law for almost a decade, he has in-depth knowledge on UAE legislation with particular expertise on family law, and regulatory compliance for business organizations. Hazim Darwish also provides counsel on legal rights and obligations in the UAE to clients, including individuals and businesses subject to investigation or prosecution under Criminal Law by major regulators.