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Divorce


Civil Divorce
When a marriage breakdowns either a man or woman can initiate a divorce.  If it is recognized under British law (because it took place abroad and was registered with the relevant authorities in the country or if a civil marriage was conducted in Britain), then a divorce needs to be obtained through British courts. Even after obtaining a divorce under civil law (if applicable), Muslim women will also want to be divorced in accordance with her faith. 

Religious Divorce

With regards to the Islamic marriage, the woman will need to involve a religious authority.  In Muslim countries, this would be the Islamic court.  However, in the West where Muslims are living as minorities, women must approach institutions or individuals that are recognized as a religious authority (e.g. mosque, shariah council, Islamic scholar or cleric). A fee is usually paid in return for assistance with the divorce.  However, women's experiences show that the service they receive varies according to culture, school of thought and religious sect.  Although some women have positive experiences and are helped swiftly, many others are discriminated against.
 
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