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Ex-husband ordered to bear family expenses

Kuwaiti wins retirement case after filing appeal

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 14: The Court of Appeals obligated the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) and Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) to refer a citizen for retirement since he has been tasked as guardian of his disabled sister. Attorney Ali Al-Ali asked the court to order the two mentioned institutions to pay the citizen pension equal to the value of the last salary he received according to Article 42 of law number 8/2010 on the affairs of the disabled. Al-Ali said his client has been working at KFSD since 1992 and was tasked to take care of his sister who has been suffering from severe disability since 2010. He disclosed his client applied for retirement but he did not receive a response, so he filed a lawsuit. He provided the court with the relevant documents including the disability certificate of the plaintiff’s sister.

Pay family expenses: The Court of First Instance ordered a Kuwaiti man to pay monthly alimony of KD 800 to his ex-wife, in addition to KD 5,000 for buying a car and KD 1,000 for hiring a housemaid, while it granted custody of the children to the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s lawyer, Attorney Sultan Al-Tawalah, asked the court to order the ex-husband of his client to be responsible for the needs of their children – hire a housemaid for their care, buy a car for their use and grant his client custody of the children. He presented a defense memo in which he cited the marriage contract as a reason for providing for the ex-wife and their children. He supported his argument with verses from the Holy Quran, stating every capable husband must spend his fortune on his family, and men are obliged to provide their wives with food, clothing and accommodation.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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