Abu Dhabi court allows couple to marry without blessing of bride’s father

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A young woman received a permit from Abu Dhabi’s Court of First Instance to marry her fiancée, despite her father’s refusal.

According to Khaleej Times, the woman brought filed a complaint against her father at the Sharia Court. She submitted documents stating that she has tried to convince her father to accept the man who had proposed to her several times.


Her father said that he did not accept the man due to the age difference between them, and because he did not have a job that could sustain his daughter, the newspaper reported.

According to attorney Maged al-Galaf, the woman consulted with her family before taking this step, and filed reports showing that the couple did not have any health issues that would deter them from getting married. She also provided a conviction status certificate issued by Abu Dhabi Police, according to the newspaper.

The attorney added that witnesses testified to the man’s good morals. He said that according to the law of personal status, if a father refuses a marriage for no valid reasons, a judge can allow the marriage to go ahead.

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