A foundational document to Islam, the Hadith plays a core role in the determination of Sharia law. "Hadith, as defined by Understanding Islam, is a narration of the words or acts of the Prophet, as perceived and transmitted by...
Chaudry v. Chaudry (1978)
In this case, a Pakistani man living in the United States sought to divorce his wife. The husband declared that he had properly followed the Pakistani laws of divorce, while the wife sought monetary reimbursement in U.S. courts. This decision overturns a lower court decision and declares the following:
"In conclusion we hold that (1) the trial judge should have afforded recognition to the Pakistan divorce; (2) he should not have awarded separate maintenance or $6,880 arrears therefor to the wife; (3) the wife is not entitled to equitable distribution of assets or alimony; and (4) although the trial judge should not have denied support for the children for the reasons he gave, the judgment denying such support should be affirmed, without prejudice to the wife's filing a petition with respect to the Pakistan child support order, as heretofore discussed."
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