What are Alimony & Child Support Laws in Dubai & Other Emirates (UAE)?
Alimony is the payment that a family court may order one person in a couple to make to the other person when that couple separates or divorces. If you divorce in Dubai, your case will abide by Dubai divorce laws and you must abide by Dubai's alimony laws and, if applicable, Dubai's child support laws. The purpose of alimony is to avoid any unfair economic consequences of a divorce in Dubai. Awards and increases in alimony are meant to address only needs that are caused by the divorce itself, not unrelated needs.
As per Dubai alimony law, factors to be considered include the length of the marriage, the disparity of earnings between the parties, future earnings potential of each party, the education levels attained by the parties, mental or physical health issues and marital misconduct or “fault”.
Child support law in Dubai deals with the legal obligation of non-custodial parents to contribute financially to the rearing of their children. A child support order remains in effect until a child reaches the age of majority (or even longer in some instances in Dubai). The obligation to pay child support is considered to be independent of any other rights or responsibilities of the non-custodial parent in Dubai. Withholding child support for any reason can lead to contempt of court and a host of other serious consequences as per Dubai law.
In Dubai, the mother will be the ‘custodian’ of young children. She will be responsible for the day-to-day needs of the children. The father will be the ‘guardian’ responsible for the financial / educational / medical / travel needs / decision of the children.