Islamic Divorce

Edison Islamic Divorce Attorney

quranweddingrings2Guiding Islamic clients through domestic and religious divorce

Divorce is a complicated matter. When those divorces involve people of the Muslim faith, especially couples that were married in Muslim countries, the matter of divorce can become quite complex. When Muslim couples cannot stay together and need a divorce, there are many factors that will impact their future. Many of these couples will have to obtain a domestic divorce in the state they reside in and, if they please, a religious divorce through a mosque or in their country of origin, depending on the discretion of their Imam. The difference is drastic. Even though a divorce is always attainable in the state of New Jersey, you need a lawyer that is equipped with the knowledge of Islamic family law and its application in the United States. New Jersey, on average, has two to three times as many Muslim adults per capita as the national average according to an article written by the Pew Research Center in January of 2016. It is rare to have an attorney that is knowledgeable in both United States family law and those of independent Muslim countries. If you need quality legal services of an effective Muslim attorney to guide you through your legal options when trying to obtain a Muslim divorce, contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC

New Jersey divorce

Whether you are married in the United States or abroad, you will not be able to file for divorce in New Jersey without satisfying some requirements. These requirements allow a court to have jurisdiction over your case and include a residency requirement and the citation of proper grounds for the divorce. New Jersey is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that no one can stop you from getting a divorce if you cite “irreconcilable differences.” Though New Jersey is a “no-fault” divorce state, it is not a pure one and a spouse can file fault grounds as the reason for the divorce. This will have little to no impact on your case. The bigger issue for Muslims that have recently immigrated to the United States, and those without citizenship yet, is the residency requirement. You cannot get a divorce in New Jersey without having been a bona fide resident of New Jersey or lived in the state for at least one year prior to the action. This may complicate matters if you cannot satisfy the state’s requirements because of citizenship.  Otherwise, the process of obtaining a divorce is the same as anyone else in the United States. If you are a Muslim in the United States and need legal advice about domestic divorces, contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC.

Religious divorce

Unfortunately, religious divorce is a more complicated matter. The laws in the United States do not recognize the term “religious divorce.” Once you obtain a divorce in the United States, you are no longer married according to the laws of our country. For those who are of the Muslim faith, this is not always the answer. For those who are married under the faith of Islam, this may be a complicated matter. When seeking a religious divorce, you may have to consult your Imam. He has the discretion to issue you a divorce based on the fact that you have been in the United States for a certain period of time or require you to seek a divorce from your Islamic country of origin. In some cases, Muslims in America have obtained a divorce in their country of origin involving mahr agreements or sadaqas, only to be confronted with a New Jersey court that will not recognize the dissolution or the existence of the mahr. Fortunately, there are recent legal cases that support these divorcing couples and agree to recognize the terms of mahrs originating from other countries. If you need our guidance or legal services, our firm is extremely knowledgeable on the issues you may face. Contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC.

Contact a Middlesex County law firm to guide you through an Islamic divorce

The Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC has been a legal resource for the Muslim community in New Jersey for many years. Our firm recognizes the many issues Muslims face when obtaining a divorce in the eyes of the law and the eyes of their religion. If you need to end your marriage, you will have to obtain a New Jersey divorce to legally end the relationship. For people of the Islamic faith, it may not end there. In some cases, you will have to go further and obtain a religious divorce. When a Muslim needs guidance through their legal and religious options, they can count on the knowledge and skill of Omar K. Qadeer. If you need a Muslim divorce attorney to guide you towards a brighter future, contact the Law Office of Omar K. Qadeer, PC.