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Pregnancy Out of Wedlock in the UAE Explained

Pregnancy Out of Wedlock in the UAE Explained

UAE Moments

10 March 2021

https://www.uaemoments.com/pregnancy-out-of-wedlock-in-the-uae-explained-395714.html

Author: UAE Moments

Date: 10th March, 2021

Pregnancy Out of Wedlock in the UAE Explained

Ludmila Yamalova-Davis, who is a U.S qualified attorney, based in Dubai clarified the amended laws on pregnancy out of wedlock in the UAE.

Last year in 2020, several long-standing laws were amended and modified in the UAE including Article 356 of the UAE penal code.

There’s no punishment for voluntary or consensual sexual act unless the age of the victim, whether male or female, is less than 14 years old, or if the crime is committed against a person whose will is not considered credible, e.g. the victim is a minor, suffers from insanity or dementia, according to the new amends.

This means that pregnancy outside marriage is no longer a crime as per the amended law and according to Federal Decree 15 of 2020

It was also announced, last year, that unmarried couples are legally allowed to live together.