Can I have a baby outside a wedlock in the UAE

Can you have a baby in Dubai outside a wedlock?

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The answer is: having a baby outside a wedlock is now no longer a taboo.

PAST UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY AND MARRIAGE LAWS IN THE UAE

Until recent times, having a child outside a wedlock was considered to be illegal and individual could be sentenced to some serious consequences.

Previous laws of Nov 2020, loosening the restriction on consumption of alcohol and allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate despite being an Islamic country. The reason for this big change is to lend a secure and safe environment for expats who live in the UAE, adapt to their sense of personal freedom and come to an understanding that individuals have very different cultural values.

Dubai for a long time is known to be the hub for western businessmen, working professionals and tourists who were quite outraged with the rising number of court cases leading to an outrage in their home countries against family laws that were previously criminalized individuals.

NEW LAWS ABOUT UNMARRIED EXPECTANT MOTHERS WOMEN IN DUBAI

According to times.co.uk, the minister of presidential affairs, Mr. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed who is also the Deputy Minister signed the legal order.

The legal order is now states that all unmarried couples that are expecting a child need not leave the UAE but can apply for the birth certificate of their babies. A marital certificate will no longer be needed for that either. The new laws also allows kids to have education and healthcare services like any other child being born in the UAE.

Basically, the act of consensual sex or pregnancy out of wedlock is no longer a crime as per the amended law and according to Federal Decree 15 of 2020

Lovin Dubai, 2020

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND REGARDING THE LATEST UAE FAMILY LAWS

While the new legal order has definitely transformed for the better; abortion or homosexuality are certainly not allowed. With the increasing number of expats living in the UAE, the new law is only to provide a peaceful and nurturing environment for unmarried couples in UAE who wish to have babies without wedlock.

Presently the unmarried ladies living in the UAE can likewise get pregnant. and to add to it, it’s not the legitimate prerequisite to have a conjugal endorsement to apply for the birth testament of any child who is conceived illegitimately.

CONCLUDING THE NEW LAWS FOR COUPLES EXPECTING A BABY OUTSIDE A WEDLOCK

Officials have expressed that these new laws and changes are to ensure that UAE offers a serene and liberal climate to a wide range of ex-pats. In addition to the fact that it is the necessity of the changing times to ensure ex-pats that live in the UAE spend their lives peacefully and focus on what matters to them the most.

“I could not be happier for these new laws that are progressive and proactive,” said Emirati filmmaker Abdallah Al Kaabi, whose art has tackled taboo topics like homosexual love and gender identity.

2020 has been a tough and transformative year for the UAE,” he added.

New Indian Express, 2020

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