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Divorce in Islam

AWH Solicitors are specialists in the areas of Islamic divorces and have highly experienced family practitioners in the area of sharia law.

We have a dedicated in-house department specialising in Islamic divorces and Islamic family law based in Manchester.

We understand how important your faith is to you, which is why we have a specialist sharia compliant solicitors available for you.

We have undertaken many Islamic divorces by working with a number of highly respected sharia councils in the UK. We advise our clients on all types of divorce, such as Talaq and Khula. In addition we offer help with:

  • Financial settlements in divorce, 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 provide the highest level of service, fulfilling requirements in accordance to both your faith and English law.

The Importance of the Talaq and Khula

We understand the importance of obtaining the Islamic divorce even if you have married in the UK or overseas, as we can assist in getting you the best possible solution by providing you with expert advice.

Our wealth of experience in this area of law means that we are able to draw upon this experience to ensure that we provide you with proficient solutions that meet your own personal circumstances, regardless of how complicated your case may be.

About Nikah

Every year Muslim couples get married in England and Wales with many of them only undergoing the religious ceremony of Nikah. The Nikah (or Aqad Nikah) is a marriage contract under Sharia (Islamic) law, and currently such contracts have no legal standing under UK law.

In order to ensure that the marriage is legally recognised, some couples choose to carry out an additional marriage at a registry office which gives the marriage the legal effect of a civil marriage under the various laws in the UK.

  • Legality of the Nikah ceremony in the UK

    The Nikah ceremony can be conducted at home, in the mosque or even at a formal wedding venue. Notwithstanding that such ceremony may be carried out by an eminent member of the Muslim community, such marriages, no matter where they are conducted, have no legal status under UK law. A fact that sadly is not always known to the participants in the ceremony, who often have the view that the marriage is recognised under UK law as well as Islamic law.

    The reality is that while the Nikah ceremony is a religious ceremony that is binding under Islamic law, unless it is accompanied by a civil marriage, it is not recognised under UK law.

    The Islamic marriage is not a recognised marriage under UK law and the parties to the Islamic marriage contract do not acquire any enforceable rights under the laws of the country in which the parties resides, whether this is England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland.

    To put it bluntly, those couples who opt to only hold a religious ceremony are recognised as nothing more than a co-habiting couple under UK law. They do not have the same rights as a couple who have undergone a civil ceremony and who are as a consequence recognised as being legally married.

  • Legality of the Nikah if it was conducted abroad

    Where the Nikah marriage has taken place abroad in countries that have Muslim family law legislation such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, or Iraq, such marriages are legally recognised in the UK, provided that the marriage was conducted in accordance with the formal laws of that country.

    If you were married in a country that has Muslim family law legislation and you wish to divorce in the UK you would need to get both an Islamic and a civil divorce.

    As this is a complex area we can advise you as to the best possible way of obtaining the Talaq or Khula and what, if any, rights you may have in respect of the financial assets, Mahr, or gifts such as gold that have often been gifted and whether these items can be recovered.

Why We are Different from other Islamic Family Law Solicitors

Our Islamic family solicitors are on site

Most firms who offer these services do not have any islamic family solicitor in house. At AWH Solicitors we have Islamic family law solicitors working full time to offer you the best service possible, right 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, renowned as community and religious authorities within the UK and abroad.

We speak multiple languages

Our Islamic family law solicitors can speak fluent English, Urdu and Punjabi to help provide you with a greater degree of personal legal advice when this is necessary.


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

Therefore, we offer a meditation service for the event parties wish to meditate and require our help to resolve their family conflicts. Meditation is a quick, cost effective way of resolving matters in an Islamic manner.

AWH Solicitors in the Islamic Community

We work closely with our panel of mediators and have access to our Islamic scholars who can give parties an independent, unbiased and non-judgemental opinion on Islamic matters, compliant with Islamic religious beliefs and cultural sensitivity.

We at AWH Solicitors understand the cultural and religious dilemmas that our clients may be suffering and our team have many years of handling such delicate matters.

We have Muslim lawyers who speak Urdu, Mirpuri, Punjabi, Bangla and Arabic, for those who prefer to speak in their native language.

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Our Fees

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
General cost £600
VAT £120
Sharia council fee Up to £250
Total Up to £990
Uncontested Islamic divorce
General cost £450
VAT £90
Sharia council fee Up to £250
Total Up to £790

Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.

Our Promise to You

  • Approachable and friendly solicitors

    We are committed to delivering a truly personal service that puts you and your wishes first. Our team will always be on hand to support you, regardless of the time or location.

  • Award-winning service across our fields of expertise

    Our high standards of service are applied consistently across all of our departments. Regardless of your enquiry, you can expect to receive the best legal advice delivered in a sympathetic manner.

  • Advice tailored to your needs

    We take the time to listen to your needs and offer guidance that is best suited to your current situation.

    There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to any area of law; every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.

  • Outstanding customer service and care

    Our reputation is largely built on the exceptional level of client care we continue to deliver.

    Every case is handled with the utmost level of respect and many of our clients have recommended us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

  • Transparent on fees and processes

    Transparency is very important to us as we want you to feel confident in our services.

    We adhere to providing full transparency on fees, ensuring that you know exactly what you are paying for and keep you updated on the progress of your case along every step of the way.