VIDEO: Saudi women granted immediate custody of their children after divorce

Shadaan Hammam
Shadaan Hammam
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Justice and President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid Al-Sama’ani, has directed all courts in the country to automatically guarantee divorced Saudi woman custody of their children in the case where the is no dispute with the former spouse.

As a result, Saudi mothers are now free to handle their child’s civil amenities and receive financial benefits without the need to file a case.

Once it is established that there is no dispute with the former spouse, the mother can start handling all affairs such as civil services, travel documents, and educational services on behalf of her child. This is meant to ensure that the child doesn’t bear the burdens of family and legal matters.

However, the only matter that does not fall into mother’s jurisdiction is traveling with the child abroad. In such cases, the Saudi divorcee should first get legal permission from the judge of her child’s home country.

The latest move is another example of the efforts being made by Saudi Arabia to address issues related to woman’s rights in the kingdom.

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