Getting Married In The UAE Is Going Digital Soon! Here’s All About The New & Easy Process

by Deeplata Garde
Getting Married In The UAE Is Going Digital Soon! Here’s All About The New & Easy Process

Getting married in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to become a significantly smoother process. The UAE is simplifying the marriage process, making it more accessible and less challenging for couples, a development with notable implications given the diverse expatriate community residing in the country.

Streamlined Marriage Procedures In The UAE

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Under the new system, couples can electronically apply for marriage contracts. This eliminates the need for physical visits to government offices and waiting in long lines, allowing couples to complete the necessary paperwork online at their convenience.

Once the application is submitted, approvals and payment procedures are handled online, reducing reliance on physical paperwork and greatly enhancing efficiency. The next step involves booking a remote contract signing appointment, facilitated through videoconferencing technology. This leap in convenience and accessibility means that you can sign your marriage contract from virtually anywhere globally, provided you have a stable internet connection.

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A Digital Path To Matrimony

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To conclude the process, the final marriage contract document, digitally signed by both parties, is delivered electronically. This means you no longer have to wait for a physical document to arrive by post; you can readily download and print your marriage contract if required.

The introduction of this system is credited to the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD). It is expected to be accessible in the near future. It is currently on display at GITEX 2023, hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition to simplifying the process of marriage, the UAE has introduced new regulations for non-Muslim expatriates. These regulations pertain to inheritance, wills, proof of paternity, divorce procedures, and the formalization of contracts, whether initiated by one or both parties.

According to UAE marriage laws, civil marriage contracts are subject to specific conditions. These include a requirement for spouses to be at least 21 years old and the completion of a declaration form in the presence of a judge. Filing for divorce now allows one spouse to inform the court of their desire to end the marriage without the necessity of justifying, explaining, or assigning blame to the other party. They now provide the child custody to both parents equally unless one files a court request to exclude the other, based on the best interests of the child.

Here’s A Recap Of Application Process:

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1. Submit your marriage contract application digitally.
2. Obtain approvals and finalize payments via online channels.

3. Schedule a remote contract signing appointment through videoconferencing.
4. Electronically receive the final marriage contract document, featuring digital signatures from both parties.

These changes are set to simplify the process of marriage and navigating family law issues in the UAE. Also,this demonstrates the country’s commitment to modernizing its legal system for its diverse population. Further, these changes will make it more accessible and user-friendly for the citizens and residents of the UAE.

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