Published: June, 2013| Abed Awad, J.D., Chic Dabby

Advocates and attorneys working with Muslim battered women are often faced with complicated legal issues surrounding civil and religious marriages and civil and religious divorces. Because abusers often use legal systems to gain an advantage in dissolution, divorce settlement and child custody, it is critical for legal and social service advocates, survivors of domestic violence, and community members to understand the religious and legal foundations of Islamic marriage contracts. This webinar provides brief introduction to Islamic family law and the family laws of several Muslim majority countries. This is followed by an explanation of how and why Islamic family law is relevant in matrimonial litigation in American courts with a focus on a survey of cases from around the country. This includes conflicts of law, jurisdictional issues, enforcement of marriage contracts, recognition of foreign marriages and divorce, religious divorces and related topics.