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Father loses custody of children to ex-wife

Bahrain News
Tue, 14 Nov 2017
By Noor Zahra


A FATHER lost his custody claim after a judge found out that the man’s brother was allegedly abusing the children.

The Saudi, aged 32, had filed a case at the Sunni Sharia Court requesting custody of his children, three girls and a boy.

After the case was thrown out, he lodged an appeal against the ruling at the Sunni Sharia Appeals Court which was rejected yesterday.

The Sunni Sharia Urgent Matters Court had earlier granted his Bahraini ex-wife custody of the children following the divorce.

Lawyer Huda Al Shaer, representing the woman, said the ruling had “saved” the children from their “abusive” uncle.

“The girls were repeatedly molested by the father’s brother,” she told the GDN.

“They told the judge at the Sunni Sharia Court that they could not stay with their father because of their uncle’s abusive behaviour.

“They broke down in tears as they described the molestation.

“They are young girls in school and are much safer with their mother.

“The court’s ruling saved them and their mother is very happy.

“The Sharia Urgent Matters Court previously ruled in her favour and granted her custody of the four children.

“However, their father tried to take them away and once even assaulted their teacher in school when the latter refused to hand them over to him.

“The mother has always allowed the father to see the children but he didn’t bother until he filed a case requesting their custody.

“According to article 132 of the new Family Law the children are young and should stay with their mother.

“The boy will remain with his mother until he reaches the age of 15 and the daughters until they get married.

“Their uncle lives with the father in the same house and the children would always have been in danger.”