New UAE law: Will I face any legal issues if my live-in girlfriend gets pregnant?

Significant adjustments will certainly work in January 2022; citizens should follow the list below stipulations

Q. My inquiry has to do with the UAE’s biggest legal reforms introduced lately. I function as well as reside in Dubai, while my partner is back in my house nation. I was reluctant to bring her over as I was uncertain what her lawful condition would certainly be. With the brand-new reforms, I am currently preparing to being her to the UAE. My inquiry is this: Would certainly we encounter any kind of lawful concerns if we cohabit or if she obtains expectant? What would certainly the treatment be to legalise such a kid as well as obtain recognition records for him/her?

A. It is kept in mind that you live as well as operate in Dubai, while your partner lives in your ‘house nation’. You are uncertain of just how the UAE regulations will use, must you cohabit with your partner in the UAE, or if she conceives.

Since December 2021, chastening regulations in the UAE are regulated by the Federal Regulation No 3 of 1987 on the Issuance of the Penal Regulation, as changed (the ‘Penal Regulation’). In November 2020, particular stipulations of the Penal Regulation were changed, by the Federal Mandate Regulation No (15) of 2020 (‘ FDL 15/2020’). Thereupon, particular acts which were culpable by regulation previously, were either decriminalised or the relevant fines were minimized.

By Post 356 of the Penal Regulation (prior to FDL 15/2020) the act of sex-related common-law marriage without marital relationship utilized to be a culpable offense. This was called the offense of indecent attack. By FDL 15/2020, Post 356 has actually been changed totally, as well as the stipulations for indecent attack have actually been eliminated. Following this, single pairs are permitted to reside in the exact same holiday accommodation as well as cohabit without marital relationship.

Nevertheless, in FDL 15/2020 no particular stipulations were stated regarding parenting of youngsters by single pairs. This setting is readied to alter by the brand-new UAE Mandate Regulation No (31) of 2021 worrying the Penal Code (the ‘New Penal Regulation’) to be reliable on as well as from January 2, 2022. It is prepared for that the existing Penal Regulation will after that be abrogated as well as changed totally by the New Penal Regulation.

Regarding your questions, Post 410 of the New Penal Regulation matters.

Write-up 410 of the New Penal Regulation consists of thorough stipulations in regard of common-law marriage by single pairs as well as bearing of youngsters by such pairs. The stipulations thereof are about converted as complies with:

” Anybody that makes love with a lady that has actually finished (18) eighteen years old as well as has actually brought to life a kid, will be penalized with jail time for a duration of not much less than 2 years. The women will be penalized with the exact same fine.

” In all instances, a criminal situation is not submitted versus them if a guy weds a lady, or one or both recognizes the dna paternity of the new-born youngster, as well as the recognition documents as well as take a trip records have actually been drawn out for the youngster according to the regulations of the nation of which either is a nationwide, as well as additionally thinking about the relevant regulations of the nation (UAE), as well as the effect of this marital relationship or recommendation or the issuance of recognition documents as well as take a trip records for the youngster will not trigger a criminal situation, or suspension of the implementation of the fine, probably.”

Based Upon the above, it might be kept in mind that come January 2022, there will be a significant change in the relevant chastening regulations of the UAE, upon enforcement of the New Penal Regulation. Thereupon, you might choose to bring your partner to the UAE as well as cohabit with her given that she is over 18 years old.

In case, she conceives as well as births a kid in the UAE without marital relationship, after that you (as well as your partner, as relevant) will certainly require to guarantee that you follow the list below stipulations–

a) You might wed your partner; or

b) You and/or your partner should one by one or collectively recognize the youngster as well as supply recognition documents as well as take a trip records based on the regulations of your nation thinking about the relevant regulations of that country.

Must you fall short to follow the above stipulations, a criminal situation would certainly present a jail term of 2 years for both you as well as your partner.

Ashish Mehta is the creator as well as Taking care of Companion of Ashish Mehta & & Associates. He is certified to practice regulation in Dubai, the UK, Singapore, as well as India. Complete information of his company on: Viewers might e-mail their inquiries to: or send them to Legal Sight, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai.

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