The dictionary defines “marriage” as “the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship.”
Although considered sacred by many, it is an unfortunate truth that some marriages can fall apart and can be way beyond saving.
Infidelity, for instance, is one of the most common reasons why a married couple may choose to end their relationship. In fact, adultery is considered as a legally-punishable crime in the Philippines and in many other countries across the world.
So the question here is – what if your spouse had a relationship with a third party while he or she is out of the country and is working abroad? Specifically, what if he or she is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) currently in the United Arab Emirates? Will you be able to sue him or her?
Well to begin with, marriage is likewise considered a sacred and important contract in the UAE. The country is very conservative as it follows Muslim customs and laws and so everyone living there – whether a citizen, a tourist, or a foreign worker – are expected to honor the laws of the land.
Cheating, therefore, is considered a serious offense in the UAE.
So if a married individual engages in a sexual relationship with another person who is not his or her legal spouse, then that it punishable by law according to Article 356 of the Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 on the Issuance of the Penal Law.
To put it plainly, a husband or wife found guilty with extramarital affair while working in the UAE can be legally sued by the spouse. The Federal Law goes in detail and says the crime of ‘indecent assault’ is punishable by a detention of at least one year.
If you think your spouse is cheating, you should then get in touch with the Al Ameen service of the Dubai Police. You may also seek legal assistance from a competent lawyer to determine what actions you should take.