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International Parental Child Abduction in Bahrain

INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTION IN BAHRAIN

 

Dual Nationality

The government of the Bahrain does not recognize "dual nationality". When the father is a citizen of Bahrain, children automatically acquire Bahrain citizenship at birth, regardless of where the child was born, and must enter the country on Bahrain passports.

Custody Disputes

When child custody disputes arise between parents, one of whom is a citizen of the Bahrain, custody decisions are based on Islamic law. There are two Islamic courts in Bahrain, a Shi’a and a Sunni court. As such, specific disputes are examined case-by-case. Child custody cases are complex. Bahrain courts consider the parents’ religion, place of permanent residence, income, and the mother’s subsequent marital status. Non-Bahrain citizens are free to file a custody case.

Right of Custody

Bahrain courts do not as a general rule award custody of "dual national" (U.S./Bahrain) children to an American mother, even one who is a Muslim. However, custody of a boy under age 7 or a girl under age 9 may be given to the mother. Under Islamic law, the mother can jeopardize her right of custody if she remarries.

Travel Restrictions of Minor Children

When custody disputes arise and a custody case is before the local court, children, regardless of their nationality, are generally subject to court imposed travel bans. Even when custody is not an issue, the father can request that the court restrict the travel of minor children.

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