Saudi couple follow divorce hearing remotely from same living room

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Abu Dhabi: A Saudi husband was surprised by a message he received on his phone that a court hearing had been scheduled regarding a khula (divorce) action filed by his wife, although there was no had no sign of a troubled marriage.

Khula is a procedure by which a woman can divorce her husband in Islam, by restoring the dowry (mahr) or something else that she has received.

When he confronted his partner, he found out that she had done it because he had married another woman, but what added to his shock was that she had known from the start of his marriage to his co-wife.

In Islam, polygamy is allowed, but is not mandatory, as a remedy for specific circumstances that may occasionally arise. There still has to be a sense of justice. If a man wants to marry more than one woman, he needs to make sure that he will treat all of his wives fairly. He should not love or favor one more than the other. If this is not possible, a man should stick to one woman, according to Islam.

On the appointed date, each of them appointed a lawyer, and the spouses attended the hearing, which was held at a distance, side by side in the living room, after the wife had made coffee.

Yasser Al Haramleh, lawyer and co-founder of Mashar Advocates and Legal Consultants, revealed that the husband felt such a shock that he believed in his heart that the message was a mistake, as there was no disagreement between him. and his wife. On the contrary, harmony was the dominant characteristic of their relationship. However, he subsequently received another message from the court, including the details of the hearing and the complainant’s statements.

“Her shock increased after it was confirmed that the plaintiff was indeed his wife, who, in her lawsuit, was seeking a divorce from her husband. This called him to confront his wife and ask her why she asked for khula. The woman surprised him that the reason was his marriage to another woman, and she offered two options: divorce her or the co-wife, ”Al Haramleh said.

Al Haramleh said the couple had been married for over 10 years and had four children, and it was no secret to the woman that her husband had married another woman. On the contrary, she had been aware of it from the start of her marriage to her co-wife.

He added that the wife decided not to confront him, but preferred to put her husband in front of a fait accompli, surprising him with this lawsuit.

The husband said he married another woman because God had blessed him and his sources of income increased, and he was able to get married and be fair between the two women.

The case ended with mutual consent and reconciliation between the spouses, the husband having presented a sum of money to his first wife in exchange for the withdrawal of the case, said the lawyer.

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