Wednesday, August 26, 2015
How an expat living in Oman divorces a non-resident non-national in her home country while not living there herself---I have no idea, thanks Canada and every lawyer I met
No, I am not talking about divorcing an Omani;) all my enemies and ill-wishers, that is usually easily done (I am not saying cleanly or pleasantly but it is an action of relative ease).
I am trying to divorce my ex-husband (we are no longer Islamically married right?) who I married in my home country. He is not a resident or a citizen of my home country. Like me, he lives in the GCC.
I went back there recently (the land-far-and-away), and tried to find out about how to file for divorce. As neither he nor I lives in the province where we were legally wedded, or even in the country (him being a citizen of another GCC country and me living and working here) apparently every legal expert we consulted was stumped as to how to apply for divorce or annullment although our case for divorce is clear and easy in itself.
Apparently, ONLY same sex couples are allowed to do so outside of their region/wilayat/province. Awesome. So not us. Everyone else has to reside in their region for some time (a year) before applying for a divorce.
I simply cannot do that. I have a house loan, and a family, here in Oman.
Yes, I am already re-married. Religious law and legal law are two different things in my home country, although in Oman, as I am a Muslim, religious law trumps legal law, and so my second marriage is considered valid even though I am still technically legally married to another man in my home country.
And despite my mother's usual freak-outs, no I cannot be arrested for being a bigamist in my home country because the-Land-far-and-Away does not recognize my Islamic marriage as a legal marriage.
Although it REALLY isn't important for me to get a divorce, I can live without one as I wish to, AND IT IS kind of cool, whenever someone's like, "your husband has two wives, what?!" I can so be like, "well I have two husbands so we're perfect for one another"... and annullments and divorces cost money...
...But having an Omani man for husband means you deal with stupid jealousies time to time. And if I could have my former marriage annulled or struck out by law, I would for my Omani husband's sake I guess, because he probably deserves that. Despite having two wives;).
So, if anybody who does read this blog has any miracle of an idea in law what I should do (in Canadian law) to be divorced without going back to live in Canada, please let me know and I'd be so grateful as to treat you for coffee (or my husband would if you're a man since like, he'd freak if I did).
And yes, anonymous, I know this blog title says "an every girl's guide to Oman" and this isn't really an every girl problem in Oman;)... but I can write what I want when I have nothing better to say.