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International Family Law

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22 MAY 2012

Dubai - 'Istilhaq' – the legal recognition of a newborn child

Alexandra Tribe

In these blogs, I will regularly refer to Articles from the Federal law 28 of 2005 of Personal Affairs; this is the main UAE statute covering family law issues. For short, I will refer to this statute as the ‘PSL'.

On the birth of a child in Dubai, in order for a birth certificate to be produced, the Ministry of Health would need to confirm the relationship between the child and the father. Under Art 89 of the PSL, the relationship between a father and his child may be legally recognised by the following means:

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