Court told of child abuse

Mum fights to get cus­tody of kids

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Nawal Al Ramahi @nawal_ramahi nawal@7days.ae

A mother has won back cus­tody of her two daugh­ters af­ter telling a court that they were be­ing abused by their step­mother.

Judges at Aj­man Ap­peal Court over­turned a rul­ing by lower courts that had given full cus­tody of the chil­dren, aged five and 11, to their fa­ther af­ter the cou­ple, who are both Cana­dian ex­pats, got divorced.

Court doc­u­ments show the Cana­dian woman filed for di­vorce at the Cana­dian Supreme Court in Nova Sco­tia in June 2011, claim­ing her hus­band had se­verely beaten her in front of their daugh­ters.

Later on, both the woman and her ex-hus­band moved to the UAE along with the daugh­ters. The mother, who is in her 30s, mar­ried an Emi­rati.

When her ex-hus­band found out, he filed a case at Aj­man Court of First In­stance, which awarded him full cus­tody of his daugh­ters in De­cem­ber 2015.

How­ever, his ex-wife chal­lenged the ver­dict and told the ap­peal court that her for­mer hus­band’s new wife had been beat­ing and phys­i­cally abus­ing her daugh­ters.

She said: “Their step­mum treated them like maids, asked them to wash her floor and video­taped it.”

The ap­peal court over­turned the lower court’s decision and gave cus­tody back to the mother.

The mother’s lawyer, Ma­jid Al Jal­laf, said for­eign na­tion­als res­i­dent in the UAE can file cases in the courts whether they are mar­ried to UAE cit­i­zens or not.

He added: “The court de­ter­mines the best for the child and awards the cus­tody to ei­ther the mother or the fa­ther.”

Their step­mom treated them like maids, asked them to wash her floor and video­taped it – Mother who ap­pealed cus­tody decision

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