Family Lawyers of Dubai have been frequently asked about the procedure for
filing divorce and the importance of registering the case primarily before
Family Guidance Committee. Therefore, I decided to write this article to
enlighten our readers regarding the mandate to register family cases before the
Family Guidance Committee before filing it to the Family Courts.
With a sole objective to address the dispute between the family and to arrange
an amicable settlement, the Family Guidance Committee was established by the UAE
government in each Emirate in 1998. Since then, it is was mandatory to register
any family dispute before the Committee prior to filing it before Family Courts.
From resolving family issues amicably or finishing differences with mutual
agreements or issuing no-objection certificates for referring the matter to the
competent court, Family Guidance Committee offers these functions.
The Procedure for Case Registration
In order to initiate the family counselling request the primary step is to
lodge a complaint either personally in Family Guidance Department office in any
of the branch or through an electronic procedure by filling the requisite form
provided by the department to be submitted along with the relevant documents.
Upon submission of the request, the committee will open a file in your name and
subsequently, both the parties will be notified with regards to the first
hearing before the committee for first counselling.
The notification will be
through various means such as message, call or email. On the first day of the
hearing, the committee will try to amicably resolve the matter between the
parties through in-person sessions or convince them to reach a mutual agreement.
On the off chance, should the committee fails to reach an amicable settlement,
they will issue a no-objection certificate or will directly refer the matter to
the competent court for Family Disputes.
It is hence evident that matters in connection to family law; the only method of
mediation is through Family Guidance Committee. The beginning of most family
cases must allude here. The committee is comprised of a few advisors trained in
mediation or family counselling, yet not legally trained. Their main
responsibility is to reconcile the parties or reach an amicable settlement. It
is not necessary that the matter will be resolved in one hearing, the counsellor
depending on the case, may give further hearings for the party to propose
settlement or to resolve their differences.
If a case is registered before the Family Guidance Committee against you, it is
advised to that the respondent attends the hearing or seek advice from a legal
consultant in order to understand the merits of the case. Yet, it is pertinent
to note that the committee cannot pass any judgment without the presence of the
parties, and the respondent is still within his or her rights to attend the
counselling session or not.