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Woman granted divorce; no need to refund dowry

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: Personal Statute Sector at the Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Rashid Al-Nami dismissed the verdict of First Instance Court that ordered a Kuwaiti woman to refund the dowry collected from her estranged husband. However, the two courts granted the request for divorce to prevent disaster.

The case file indicates the husband resorted to the court for divorce and demanded refund of the dowry (half the sum) and requested the balance and other aspects of alimony be forfeited based on the degree of damages he suffered due to the wife’s bad behavior.

Defense Attorney Maryam Faisal Al-Bahr countered the purported damages and discarded the allegations as mere ‘word of mouth’ upon which the courts could not dwell. She argued the plaintiff had willingly divorced her client, thus the woman is entitled to alimony. She wondered how a wife of 11 years could have hurt her husband, stressing the woman returned home after the initial divorce but the man filed for divorce six days later to avoid paying the entitlements.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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