Category: State Posts

Dowry “Upon Demand” Enforceable as Agreement in Arizona

2023: IRMO ALULDDIN v. ALFARTOUS, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I In this case, the Agreement required Husband to pay Wife a total dowry of $25,000 “when she demands it.” These clear, unambiguous contractual provisions are subject to interpretation under neutral principles of law. …Thus, the superior court did not need to assume the role

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Agreed Mahr Paid in Iran Satisfies Subsequent Judgement in Maryland

In this unpublished Case, the Appellate Court confirmed the Judgment of the Trial Court, which found enforcement of Judgement amounts to collecting the same debt more than once. NOTE: The Court uses the term “MEHR” (love in Farsi) instead of “MAHR” (bridal promissory gift). Many Iranians use the word interchangeably without knowing the difference.  

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Collecting Dowry in Jordan Violates Automatic Stay of Bankruptcy

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kansas found that attempt to collect Jordanian Dowry violated the Chapter 13 Automatic Stay, § 362, resulting Sanction and Recoverable Attorney fee and Cost. Wife registered her $15,000.00 deferred Dowry in Sharia Court in Jordan after Husband filed Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Kansas. Husband traveled to Jordan to attend a funeral but was stopped from leaving

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Cultural Competency: Islamic Mahr does not deny Support and Equitable Distribution

In Parbeen v. Bari, the 4th District Court of Appeal, Florida, reversed the trial Court judgment which denied spousal support and equitable distribution of marital assets to Wife due to enforcement of Bangladesh marriage Mahr provision. Husband argued that the deferred portion of the Mahr  is maximum that Wife may recover under Sharia law. The Appellate Court disagreed. 

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Cultural Competency: Mahr Not Acknowledged and Not Enforceable

In Summary Judgment, a Trial Court in NY ruled that a Mahr agreement entered in New York could not be upheld due to the lack of an acknowledgment. The Court noticed that “language, history, and subsequent New York statutory law of DRL 236(B)(3), have clearly created no exception to the acknowledgment requirement.” The Court differentiated

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No Dowry in Texas

Two recent decisions in Texas denied payment of Islamic Mahr to Wives for different reasons.  In Qutiefan v. Safi, No. 01-18-00425-CV, the Court of Appeals of Texas, First District (Houston), affirmed Trial Court’s decision denying unspecified Dowry. Neither Trial nor the Appellate Courts provided a factual or legal reason. The 17 years of marriage between

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Dowry Mahr Expert

No Expert, No Mahr

What is Mahr? 2017 – Vancouver, Canada: The parties are of Iranian heritage. Wife had training in graphic design and esthetics. Husband is a mortgage broker and realtor. They were married on March 14, 2004 in a dual service in Canada, a civil one and one under Sharia law.  In the Sharia marriage the Mahr * was set as

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