UAE: An Arab woman accuses her ex-husband of deliberate car misuse

Omar Abbas - | Mix

In a complex legal saga unfolding in Dubai, an Arab woman took her ex-husband to court, demanding that he transfer ownership of two cars registered under her name into his possession.

The crux of her argument stemmed from allegations that he intentionally damaged these vehicles and committed traffic violations, actions she claimed were aimed at harassing her post-divorce. The woman's lawsuit detailed her demands: transfer of ownership of both cars to the ex-husband, repayment of outstanding installments for one vehicle deducted from her account, coverage of new installments accrued during the litigation, and clearance of her liability to the mortgage bank. Additionally, she sought compensation for legal fees, expenses, and interest from the date of her initial claim.

Background and Marriage Dynamics

Married in their home country, the couple relocated to the Emirates, where they built a life together. Initially productive, the husband faced financial setbacks and accumulated debts, leading to legal issues related to checks and commercial debts. Despite these challenges, he proposed purchasing two cars but struggled to secure loans due to his financial history. Consequently, he persuaded his wife, leveraging her salary and credibility with banks, to acquire the vehicles through bank loans.

As their marital discord intensified, the woman sought divorce from the court, citing irreconcilable harm. Following the court's decision to grant her divorce, tensions heightened when the ex-husband allegedly ceased paying installments for one car and deliberately damaged both vehicles. These actions, she claimed, were aimed at rendering the cars unusable and burdening her with traffic violations accrued under his ownership. In response, the ex-husband's legal representative contested the claims, arguing for dismissal on grounds of ineligibility and proposing a cross-claim. He advocated for the ex-wife to serve as a proxy for the vehicles, allowing him unrestricted disposal rights and transferring their ownership along with associated responsibilities to her.

Amidst legal skirmishes, the court appointed an expert to examine the case documents. However, before the expert's report, both parties expressed a willingness to reconcile. They requested a deferment to facilitate negotiation, prompting the court to postpone proceedings pending a potential amicable resolution. Ultimately, the parties presented a settlement agreement to the court, requesting its endorsement as an enforceable document under Article 81 of the Civil Procedure Code. This agreement outlined terms for transferring car ownership and settling financial obligations, concluding the contentious legal battle.

Resolving Conflict Through Legal Channels

The case underscores the complexities of marital disputes involving financial entanglements and legal repercussions. Despite initial adversarial positions, the parties opted for reconciliation, leveraging legal frameworks to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. The court's role in overseeing the process highlights the importance of legal recourse in navigating contentious divorces and financial disputes, ensuring equitable outcomes amidst personal strife. This legal journey illuminates the interplay between personal relationships, financial responsibilities, and legal obligations, offering insights into the challenges and resolutions within family law contexts in the UAE.

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