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EDITORIAL

DEDICATED TO THE FOUNDER OF ‘THIS FORTNIGHT IN PAKISTAN’ MY FATHER (LATE)

MAZHAR YUSUF

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WEDDED BLISS With the wedding season just around the corner after the holy month of Ramadan, we felt that all things wedding should be the theme of this issue, hence a Bridal special. The elaborate and sumptuous wedding festivities invariably over emphasise the painstakingly detail attached to this most important of functions. It has certainly opened up a whole new vista to an industry catering to many requirements for a perfect reception. That said, the most important factor is to know your rights and the laws that support this holy matrimony. As is the norm, most brides see the nikahnama only when they are signing the dotted line. A good understanding of this seemingly simple two-page document deserves some contemplation on your part. There are clauses in the nikahnama that your , or for that matter parents would be tempted to cross out because they deem them irrelevant or contrary to tradition. To state a few clauses one of the most important is stipulating the haq mehr â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an obligatory gift given to the wife by the husband in consideration of marriage. It could be in the form of cash, gold, or any other item of value. The most abused clause in the nikahnama is the one stating the right of a woman to initiate divorce. If this clause is struck off, you lose the ability to file for Suit of Dissolution of Marriage by Way of Talaq. You may still file for khula which means that you lose the right over your mehr. Another overlooked aspect, albeit a western one, is the prenuptial agreement. It is a clause in the nikahnama that provides the option to the contracting parties to enter a prenuptial agreement that may contain any details that are agreed upon by both at the time of marriage. The possibilities that can be included pertain to dower, maintenance, child support, property and movable assets. It is said marriage is a gamble, whether it is love, arranged or lovingly arranged - all one has to do is play the cards right.

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