Weinman & Associates, P.C.
Legal Answers Now 512-472-4040

During these historic, changing times, Weinman & Associates is proud to announce its expansion into new practice areas. In addition to our long-standing and exceptional family law services, we now offer services for BANKRUPTCY and DEBT RELIEF, WILLS and ESTATE PLANNING, and CRIMINAL DEFENSE. Please see our web pages for more information, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Pakistani couple's divorce battle plays out in Houston court

If you marry in another country and then live in the United States, getting a divorce may have some complications. One Houston couple is now embroiled in a multi-million-dollar battle that reaches from Pakistan to Houston.

The estranged spouses, who lived in Harris County, Texas, are both from Pakistan. They married in that country before moving to Texas six years ago. They also had a lavish wedding ceremony in Houston. The husband sought a divorce several years after the marriage.

Now the two are battling it out in a Texas courtroom to determine which country's laws take precedence, and there's a lot of money at stake. Under Pakistani law, all that a husband needs to do to divorce his wife it to say three times that he is divorcing her. Under Islamic law, that's known as Talaq or triple-Talaq.

The problem for the wife is that her husband is reportedly worth $100 million. However, she would be entitled to virtually nothing under Pakistani law, according to her attorney. So do the laws of Pakistan determine the amount to which she is entitled in the divorce settlement, which would give her only $50, or do U.S. and specifically Texas laws determine the settlement?

That's the question before a Houston judge. The husband's attorney says, "We can't have every other country's laws just thrown aside just so somebody can come to America."

Many people who live in the U.S. choose to return to their home country to marry because that's where many of their friends and family are. They also want their wedding to be conducted in the traditions and religious faith in which they grew up. However, as we see here, if the marriage ends, there can be complications due to differences in the law between the two countries. An experienced family law attorney can work to help you fight for your rights here in Texas if that marriage ends in divorce.

Source: Click 2 Houston, "High Profile $100 Million Divorce Case Plays Out in Houston Court," Jake Reiner, Jan. 29, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us Now To Begin
Speaking With An Attorney

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Weinman & Associates, P.C. Review Us
Sustaining Life Fellow Signature Badge Weinman-badge

Office Location

Weinman & Associates, P.C.
8200 North MoPac Expressway
Suite 230
Austin, TX 78759

Phone: 512-472-4040
Fax: 512-472-4086
Austin Law Office Map