Divorce in Islam
Sharia compliant solicitors
Our specialist sharia compliant solicitors have undertaken a large number of Islamic 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.
Our Islamic legal services
Our Islamic family solicitors are on site
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.
We aim to be as transparent as possible in regards to our fees and the likely costs our clients will face when filing for divorce. In the event of an Islamic divorce there are multiple costs to keep in mind.
Depending on the court, sharia court charges will vary between £225 and £250. In addition to sharia court charges, the following fees will apply.
|Contested Islamic divorce|
|Sharia council fee||Up to £250|
|Total||Up to £990|
|Uncontested Islamic divorce|
|Sharia council fee||Up to £250|
|Total||Up to £790|
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There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.
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Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.
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