Last updated on November 13th, 2020 at 03:19 pm
The new amendments stipulate that the inheritance would be dealt with as per the nationality of the deceased person at the time of his death unless there is WILL. However, the property purchased in the UAE by the deceased will be managed according to UAE law.
Laws of the country in which the marriage took place would be applied with regards to the marriage terms instead of the previous provisions which applied the laws of each spouses’ country of nationality. If a couple were married in their home country but filed a divorce in the UAE, then the laws of the country where the marriage took place will apply. The new law also mentions joint assets and joint accounts and that the court could be called on to mediate if there was no agreement between the two parties.
This Amendment now allows one partner in a venture to sell the entire venture, following a request to a judge, in case they are not able to sell their share in the venture to another partner. The price would be divided among the partners as per the value of each.
Suicide and attempted suicide
Suicide and attempted suicide will be decriminalised. Previously, someone who tried to take their life but survived could have been prosecuted, though such instances were rare, if not unheard of. Police and courts would ensure vulnerable people receive mental-health support.
Harassment and assault
There are several amendments seeking to protect the rights of women. There will no longer be a distinction of crimes known as “honour crimes”, where a male relative can get a lighter sentence for assaulting a female relative under the guise of “protecting honour”. Henceforth, such incidents will be treated as crimes just like any other assault.
Alcohol consumption is no longer a criminal offence. Anyone who possess alcohol, drinks alcohol or sells alcoholic beverages in authorized areas without an alcohol license will not face penalties. However, it can only be consumed privately or in licensed public places and also the person consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years old to drink legally and anyone caught selling alcohol to someone deemed underage will be punished.
Cohabitation for unmarried couples
For the first time, the law will allow for legal cohabitation of unmarried couples. Until now, it was illegal for an unmarried couple, or even unrelated flatmates, to share a home in the Emirates.
The new law mandates that translators are provided for defendants and witnesses in court if they do not speak Arabic. The court must ensure legal translators are available. Furthermore, new privacy laws mean that evidence related to cases of indecent acts will have to be protected and cannot be publicly disclosed.
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