What to do with the unexpected pregnancy if you are not married living in the UAE?
There is a certain order of things. We find the one, get married, get pregnant and have a baby. Unfortunately life has its own way sometimes and the order of the milestones get messed up.
Unexpected pregnancy doesn’t really mean unwanted but it certainly becomes an emergency if you live in the UAE and are yet to be married.
What does the UAE law say about the pregnancy out of marriage?
The UAE follows a very strict Islamic Sharia Law. According to the UAE Penal Code: anyone convicted of engaging in consensual sex outside of marriage, and if caught under such circumstances, are likely to be punished with a jail sentence, followed by deportation. Most of the time the couples are getting fined as well.
So technically speaking being pregnant out of the wedlock is not a crime in the UAE, but having a sexual relationship is. You do the math. Hence one is not possible without another it makes both actions – sex and pregnancy out of marriage illegal.
What happens to pregnant and unmarried women in real life?
There are many cases of unmarried mothers who ended up in jail in the UAE with their baby right after the delivery and got deported once they served their sentence.
The 28-year-old American employee and his 22-year-old Pakistani girlfriend, who later became his wife after she delivered their baby, were caught on the wrong side of the law after it was discovered that the woman had become pregnant out-of-wedlock in May. Both were deported.
A man and his pregnant girlfriend have been sentenced to three months in prison and were each fined Dh1,000 on the charges of consensual sex.
– The national
So now when it’s clear that you cannot break the laws in the UAE (and we strongly advise you against it) there comes the next question.
What is the solution for the pregnant but unmarried couples?
Luckily, there is an absolutely legal way to avoid the mentioned criminal charges – the jail time, fines and deportation.
If done on the early stage of the pregnancy (within the first 3 months), a couple can get married out of the UAE and fly back in having their wedding certificate.
There are two reasons why the wedding certificate has to be done on the early stage:
- From a certain pregnancy stage there are restrictions imposed on women for their safety by most of the airlines.
- Paperwork is being checked in the UAE hospitals upon the delivery of the baby. Not only your marriage certificate has to be present and legalized but the date of it will be checked as well. Rumors have it nobody counts exactly 9 months, after all there can be some complications during the pregnancy and early-term delivery as a result. But having the two dates too close one to another is risky and once again, against the law.
If you face an unexpected pregnancy and the need of an “emergency” wedding, you will clearly be looking for some very simple and fast options. And in this case Georgia is a perfect solution for you.
The country of Georgia is only three hours away by flight, it is very cheap and paperwork-friendly.
And we are here to help you with the organizational moments and those few documents that are required. You won’t be asked any extra and inconvenient questions. Please do keep your private life private if it makes you feel safe and secure.
All you are going to need for your express marriage is your passport, your future husband and your flight ticket.
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