Court told of child abuse
Mum fights to get custody of kids
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