Michigan Dowry-Mahr Cases
- 2019: Seifeddine v. Jaber [327 Mich.App. 514] $50,000 Mahr in Islamic marriage did not require legal marriage, may be used as a factor denying spousal support.
- 1994: Muflahi v. Musaad 205 Mich. App. 352] Islamic Dowry of $20,000 agreed between the Groom and Bride’s Fathers was illegal marriage brokerage contract. $8,000 gift of Thoub by Groom to bride’s mother was a traditional gift.
- 1986: Samohin v. Commissioner [51 TCM (CCH) 912 Tax Court] deposits to the bank accounts are attributable to the dowry and are excludable from gross income under section 102(a)
- 2019: Ali v. Syed [Mich. App. ] “Marriage Certificate” providing Mahr of $51,000 was a simple contract not subject to Michigan’s ecclesiastical abstention doctrine.