Ministry of Justice organises workshop on Federal Decree Law No. 41 of 2022 on Civil Personal Status

ABU DHABI, 8th February, 2023 (WAM) -- The Judicial Inspection Department (JID), in partnership with the Judicial Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice, recently hosted a specialised workshop for judges handling personal status and inheritance cases in federal courts.

The workshop was led by Judge Dr. Mukhtar Ibrahim Adam, a senior judicial inspector at JID, and focused on the Federal Decree-Law No. 41 of 2022 on Civil Personal Status.

The workshop covered a range of topics, including the scope of the new law, which will apply to non-Muslim residents in the UAE unless either partner chooses to follow their own personal law. The requirements for civil marriage were also discussed, including that both partners must be at least 21 years old, not closely related by blood (siblings, sons and daughters, grandchildren, or uncles), and must express their clear consent before a documentation judge without any legal impediments. Both partners must sign a disclosure form.

Divorce, alimony for the divorced woman, child custody, and the distribution of inheritances were also on the agenda. The workshop touched on the process of distributing inheritance and opening an inheritance file as well as the procedures guide to the inheritance of those addressed by this decree law.

The workshop highlighted the handling of specific legacies in the decree and how to properly record them in the relevant registry according to the procedures outlined in the implementing regulations of the decree law.

It also dealt with proving parentage and the ministerial decisions that will be issued to regulate the procedures and provisions of child adoption and foster families and their implications.

During the workshop, discussions resulted in recommendations for the implementation of the provisions of the Federal Decree Law No. 41 of 2022. These recommendations included the preparation of forms for marriage contracts, divorce, alimony, and custody, as well as records for marriage contracts, inheritances, wills, and lawsuits. Recommendations also included the issuance of regulations, decisions, and a guide to inheritance procedures, as well as decisions regulating the procedures and provisions of adoption and foster families.