Marriage and divorce are no longer local affairs. An Egyptian man might meet an English woman while on vacation in France and they might marry in Morocco, only to settle in New York City. With multiple residences and children, the couple’s assets may be spread around the world. If the relationship sours, the dissolution of the marriage could test the laws of several countries.
This workshop will provide a brief introduction to Islamic family law and the family law of some Middle Eastern countries, followed by a survey of cases from around the country that address Muslim marriage contracts, validity of foreign marriages, recognition of foreign divorces and foreign custody decrees, conflict of laws and international jurisdiction in divorce and custody matters, religious marriages, religious divorces and religious rearing issues, and related topics.