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Fewer family disputes in Ramadan.

Summary: The Reconciliation Committee of the Ras Al Khaimah Courts has presided over about 500 family disputes in the first seven months of the year.

The Reconciliation Committee of the Ras Al Khaimah Courts has presided over about 500 family disputes in the first seven months of the year.

According RAK Courts Family Counselling Section head Jassim Al Makki, this includes 58 in Ramadan -- the least number recorded this year so far, which he attributed to the spiritual atmosphere of the holy month.

Al Makki said the counsellors working with the committee had determined 1,066 reasons that mostly led to family disputes.

"Sixteen of 58 family disputes registered in Ramadan were (resolved) after an amicable settlement between litigants while two others were referred to court. The remaining 40 disputes are under investigation in an attempt to be defused."

The Ramadan family disputes involved 43 between Emirati husbands and wives, he said. "There are seven others involving litigation between the national and expatriate wives of an Emirati, two between an expatriate husband and a national wife, and six cases between expatriate husbands and wives."

Al Makki said most of the couples involved in family disputes during this period agreed to settle their litigation in an amicable way in respect of the holy month of Ramadan.

"Worshippers get kinder, more tolerant, and closer to Almighty Allah and their hearts while fasting."

April saw the most family disputes, with 81, while there were 79 disputes recorded in May. "These months coincided with the end of school exams, and the start of the summer holiday, which is known for more financial and spiritual burdens."

Often financial issues were the cause of family disputes, he said.

"Financial grounds mainly stir family litigation here, because most of the husbands involved failed to manage their family affairs, provide proper accommodation, maintain it, pay rent, buy furniture, as well as (separate) custody-related issues."

The Reconciliation Committee, formed in 1993, helped the RAK Courts by saving time and confronting all those involved in any case in an unofficial way. The staff counsellors have settled many difficult and complicated disputes.

Cases that proved hard to resolve could be referred to judges, public prosecutors or the attorney-general.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 17, 2013
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