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Divorce in Islam

If you need assistance with an Islamic divorce, our family practitioners have the cultural knowledge and legal expertise to help.

Our dedicated team specialises in Islamic divorces and Islamic family law, and will help you take care of all your family law matters in accordance with your faith.

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Sharia compliant solicitors

Our specialist sharia compliant solicitors have undertaken a large number of muslim divorces, working with many of the most highly respected sharia councils in the UK. As well as advising you on all types of divorce, such as Talaq and Khula, we can help with:

  • Financial settlements, including recovering the Mahr and wedding jewellery
  • Forced marriages and nullity of marriage
  • Child arrangements including parental responsibility, contact and residence issues
  • Islamic mediation
  • Sharia compliant prenuptial agreements

We are proud to provide the highest level of service, ensuring that everything is done in accordance with your faith and English law.

The importance of the Talaq and Khula

We understand the importance of obtaining an Islamic divorce, whether you got married in the UK or overseas. Using expertise built up over years of practice, we can help you find the best possible solution for your situation.

Our experience in this area of law allows us to find bespoke solutions that are closely tailored to your own personal circumstances. Regardless of how complicated your case is, we can help.

About Nikah in the UK

Every year Muslim couples get married in England and Wales, many of them only undergoing the religious ceremony of Nikah. The Nikah is a marriage contract under sharia (Islamic) law which at present has no legal standing under UK law.

In order to ensure that the marriage is legally recognised, you may want to carry out an additional marriage at a registry office. This provides the legal status of a civil marriage in the eyes of UK law.

Legality of the Nikah ceremony in the UK

The Nikah ceremony can be conducted at home, in a mosque or even at a formal wedding venue. Even though the ceremony may be carried out by a senior member of the Muslim community, Nikah marriages have no legal status under UK law. Sadly, this isn’t always understood and many couples believe their marriage will be recognised under UK law as well as Islamic law.

Couples who decide to only hold a religious ceremony are recognised as a co-habiting couple under UK law.

Legality of the Nikah if it was conducted abroad

If a Nikah marriage has taken place in a country with Muslim family law legislation (such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Iraq), a different legal status applies. Marriages in countries with Muslim family law legislation are legally recognised in the UK, so long as the ceremony was conducted in accordance with those laws.

If you were married in a country that has Muslim family law legislation and you wish to divorce in the UK, you need both an Islamic and a civil divorce. This is a complicated area, requiring what is known as a Talaq or Khula. We can help you obtain your Talaq or Khula, as well as advising you on what rights you may have to financial assets, Mahr or wedding gifts.

Why choose our Islamic legal services

Most firms who offer these services do not have an Islamic family solicitor in-house. At AWH Solicitors our Islamic family law solicitors are available full time to give you the best service possible, when you need it most.

We are closely connected to Islamic scholars

To make sure that we can provide you with complete peace of mind, we are closely connected to Islamic scholars. We only work with scholars recognised as community and religious authorities in both the UK and abroad.

We speak multiple languages

Our Islamic family law solicitors are multilingual. Whether you want to speak English, Urdu, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Bangla or Arabic, we can help provide you with a greater degree of personal legal advice.

We can help you get mediation

In addition to our divorce services, we understand that the Koran states that, “And Making Peace Is Better” Koran (4:128).

Therefore, we offer mediation for anyone who wishes to try and resolve their family conflicts, before committing to divorce. Mediation is a quick, cost-effective way of resolving things consistently in line with Islamic law and beliefs.

We are part of your community

We work closely with our panel of mediators and Islamic scholars, who provide independent, unbiased and non-judgemental opinion. Everything we do is compliant with Islamic religious beliefs and sensitive to cultural factors.

We have been providing well-informed, professional guidance to people in situations just like yours for many years.

FAQ

  • How can I get an Islamic divorce in the UK?

    There are different manners in which you can get an Islamic divorce in the UK, depending on your situation and on your gender. As a woman you may need either either a Khula or Faskh, and as a man you will need a Talaq.

    If you are also married under UK law, or if you had your Nikah in a country where your marriage was recognised by law then in addition to your Muslim divorce you will also need a civil divorce.

  • Is my Islamic marriage recognised under UK law?

    If you had your Nikah in the UK and you didn't also get a civil marriage your marriage is not recognised by UK law, and therefore you will not need a civil divorce.

    If, however, you had your Nikah in a country where this is recognised by law before moving to the UK, your marriage is recognised by law and you will need a civil divorce.

    If you are looking to understand more about your options in regard to divorce, may that be civil or Islamic, our divorce solicitors are here for you.

  • What are the benefits of using an Islamic divorce solicitor?

    Islamic divorce solicitors can help you with the process of Khula, Faskh or Talaq, whichever you require, as well as help you go through your civil divorce process may you need this.

    Islamic divorce solicitors can also help you with all other matters concerning your divorce. Taking care of child arrangements, setting out financial arrangements and splitting other assets are all matters that need to be handled, sooner rather than later.

    Our family law solicitors will be by your side throughout the process, helping you move forward.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

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