Our leading Islamic & Sharia Law department specialize in representing families in a wide variety of complex matters. We regularly represent parents, children through their Guardians and wider family members in Islamic Sharia Law matters under English jurisdiction, as well as in matters which concern cross-border legislation.
Our broad practice includes:
We understand that the marriage contract (Nikah) is an incredibly important part of an Islamic Marriage and our Islamic Family solicitors will endeavour to negotiate the best possible contract for each spouse’s needs.
Our team are adept at drafting and negotiating the Islamic Marriage contract in line with current English Law in line with Islamic principles to ensure you are protected by UK Law as well as Sharia Law.
We understand that Islamic divorce under English Law can be a complex matter. We deal with Islamic divorce where the marriage has not been registered under UK Law and can advise families on their rights. We also advise on Islamic divorce when the marriage is registered under English Law.
Our team are established in conducting Islamic divorce through Sharia Councils nationwide, with expertise in instructing in all elements of Islamic marriage and divorce.
Through any divorce a financial settlement must be met. We are here to advise you and support you through the process of splitting marital assets and coming to a financial settlement, with our established Islamic Family Law team.
A Muslim marriage conducted in the UK is not automatically recognised under UK Law. If you have chosen to have the civil ceremony alongside the Nikah, we will be able to assist you in laying out a financial settlement for equal distribution of all assets under Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
If you are married through the Nikah under Sharia Law, but do have assets, we will be able to assist you in recovering your share through Trust Law. We can also advise you in relation to wedding jewellery disputes.
As one of the essential elements of a Nikah (Islamic Marriage contract), the Mehr can pose some disputes. If you are in need of bringing a Mehr claim in order to dispute an element of the dowry, we can advise you on your rights under English Law.
It could be that there is a dispute over when the Mehr should be paid. The Mehr should either be paid immediately at the time of the Nikah, or at a specified time agreed upon by both parties. All terms should be clearly laid out in the contract.
Since no Sharia council has an obligation to seek unpaid Mehr dowries, it is important to understand how English courts can assist in this matter.
We will be able to support Mehr claims through both the family courts, if the marriage is recognised under English Law, or through a claim against their husband for breach of contract, should they be joined through the Nikah alone.
Our multi-lingual Family team has extensive experience dealing with family matters concerning cross-border jurisdiction. We understand that families can extend across the world and with it comes complex legal expectations which must be adhered to with any family matter.
We deal with Muslim marriage and divorce matters, foreign asset recovery, international enforcement of financial orders, Islamic pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, Mehr claims and children cross-border disputes.
Our Islamic Family lawyers can support you in your International Muslim legal matter, to get you the best possibly result for you and your loved ones.
We are well versed in the legislation which governs other countries of Muslim faith and can apply that knowledge to your case.
Please contact our established team of specialist Islamic Law solicitors for your consultation.
Before parties go to court over a family matter, the court will expect them to have gone through a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) as part of the process.
We are well versed in supported family mediation in order to avoid costly court fees.
We ensure all support through mediation is given in accordance with Islamic principles for all Islamic family matters including:
Our expert Islamic Family Support Mediation solicitors will be able to advise you on the mediation process and how it may benefit you and your family.
As an established Islamic Family practice, we have a wide range of services designed to support you in your marital matter. Over time we have built up a network of Muslim marriage counsellors who are well equipped at helping you and your spouse in dealing with your concerns in a sensitive and professional manner.
Our solicitors are positioned to assist you where you feel you have exhausted counselling, with a number of other services available, including support mediation, providing advice in financial settlement, divorce and child contact matters.
Our specialist Islamic Family Law team are recognised as leading practitioners in this area of law by:-
As a Legal 500 recommended Family Law practice, the 2016 edition praised the team for our niche expertise in Islamic Family law.
Duncan Lewis' Islamic & Sharia Law Department specialises in Children disputes, Islamic Divorce, Islamic Financial Settlement & Mehr Claims under English Law.
For expert specialist advice, do not hesitate to call one of our experienced Islamic Law solicitors on 033 3772 0409.