Dubai Court announces three important updates regarding divorced parents

Omar Abbas - | Arab

The recent easing of travel rules for divorced parents and their children in Dubai comes at an opportune time, coinciding with the onset of the Eid Al Adha holidays and the summer vacation.

Parental and Child Rights Reform for Divorced Families

On Thursday, Dubai Courts announced new procedures that streamline the process of canceling a travel ban in the Freedom Restriction System, which can now be done immediately after a judge's signature.

Previously, exiting the UAE with a child without the consent of the other parent could be deemed as 'abduction,' complicating travel plans significantly. The new procedures, however, make it easier for a parent and child to leave and re-enter the country, eliminating many of the barriers that previously existed.

Emirati lawyer Ali Juwair Alla Al Ahbabi, an expert in Shariah and international law, highlighted the problems with the old system. The previous process was not only complex but also often resulted in children missing out on leisure, educational opportunities, or timely medical treatment. These challenges created unnecessary psychological stress for both guardians and children.

Al Ahbabi emphasized that the reform aims to improve social conditions and enhance family welfare in Dubai, aligning with the objectives of Dubai Social Agenda 33. The new procedures are part of broader efforts to create a supportive environment for families and prioritize the well-being of children.

A number of enhancements are provided by the new mechanism. The online portal of the Dubai Courts now allows guardians to apply for travel permits electronically. All required permits are instantly obtained once applications are carefully and swiftly examined. Extra precautions have been taken to confirm the child's interests and guarantee their safety while traveling.

Comparing Old and New Rules

The old rules required complex procedures and the guardian's approval, causing delays and increased psychological stress due to uncertainty. It often led to missed educational or medical opportunities for children. In contrast, the new rules simplify the process with a quick and easy electronic application. This reduces psychological stress thanks to swift procedures and ensures timely access to educational and medical opportunities for children.

Al Ahbabi believes that the new mechanism will significantly improve the quality of life for families in Dubai. By promoting smart and flexible policies and procedures that prioritize the community's interests, the reform is expected to contribute to greater stability and well-being for families.

Supportive Environment for Children

The new procedures aim to provide a supportive environment for children by facilitating easier and quicker travel processes. This step is part of a larger initiative to foster a community where families can thrive, ensuring that children receive the care and opportunities they deserve without unnecessary delays or complications.

The reform of travel rules for divorced parents and their children is a welcome change that addresses previous challenges and promotes family welfare in Dubai. With the new simplified procedures, families can look forward to a more supportive and stable environment, particularly during significant holiday periods like Eid al-Adha and summer vacations.

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