British Muslim expatriates residing in Bahrain may divorce by the husband pronouncing the Tallaq, the wife through Khul’ or either through the applicable court process. However, the only codified family law currently implemented in the Kingdom of Bahrain is Legislative Decree No. (19) of 2009 (the ‘Family Law’) which only applies to Muslims whose marriage contracts are executed under the Sunni sect. These statutory provisions set out the grounds and procedure for Sunni Muslims to divorce / separate in Bahrain (including expatriates).
Expat divorce in Pakistan
Divorce in Pakistan is largely governed by the Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961. These statutory provision set out the grounds and procedure for Muslims to divorce in Pakistan. A husband may divorce his wife by pronouncing the Talaq. In Pakistan, this should be registered with the chairman of the Union council, with notice being given to the wife.
Expat Divorce in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is made up of seven emirates: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Fujeirah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Um Al Quwain. The whole of the UAE is governed by the same legal system, but different Emirates may interpret it more or less strictly. In this article I will discuss some areas of family law in very general terms. As expected, there are exceptions to most rules.
Expat divorce in Thailand
British expatriates residing in Thailand, may in certain circumstances divorce there. They must be married to a Thai national, have their marriage registered in Thailand or have been living in Thailand for a lengthy period of time. There is an uncontested divorce process in Thailand, which is largely administrative. It is inexpensive and fairly quick. However British expatriate must be aware that this divorce process is unlikely to be recognised as a valid divorce in England.