Family Law:

Family Law in Bangladesh :


Overview of Family Law

Family law in Bangladesh encompasses legal matters related to marriage, divorce, guardianship, inheritance, and child custody. The legal framework aims to protect the rights and interests of family members and promote social justice within familial relationships. Laws such as the Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961, and the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, govern different religious communities’ family matters.


Marriage and Divorce

Marriage in Bangladesh is governed by personal laws based on religious affiliation, such as Muslim, Hindu, Christian, and others. Family law regulates the procedures for marriage registration, rights of spouses, and grounds for divorce. LegalSteps assists clients in navigating marriage registration, divorce proceedings, and related legal implications, ensuring compliance with applicable laws.


Child Custody and Maintenance

Family law addresses issues of child custody and maintenance following separation or divorce. It outlines parental rights and responsibilities, ensuring the welfare and upbringing of children are prioritized. LegalSteps provides legal counsel and representation in child custody disputes, advocating for the best interests of the child and safeguarding parental rights under the law.


Inheritance and Property Rights

Inheritance laws in Bangladesh govern the distribution of assets and property among family members upon death. These laws ensure equitable distribution according to religious and customary practices, safeguarding the rights of heirs. LegalSteps offers guidance on inheritance planning, drafting wills, and resolving disputes related to property distribution, ensuring clients’ wishes are legally protected and honored.


Maintenance (Nafaqah)

Maintenance (nafaqah) obligations are outlined in the ordinance, requiring husbands to provide financial support to their wives and children. This includes housing, food, clothing, and other necessities according to the husband’s means. The ordinance ensures that maintenance payments are fair and reasonable, taking into account the financial capabilities of the husband and the needs of the dependents.


Divorce (Talaq)

Under the ordinance, divorce (talaq) in Bangladesh follows specific procedures. A husband can pronounce talaq verbally or in writing, with certain formalities observed, including notification to the wife and witnesses. The ordinance provides guidelines on reconciliation attempts before divorce becomes final, aiming to protect the institution of marriage while ensuring fair treatment for both parties.


Family Law in Bangladesh

Family law in Bangladesh covers legal issues related to family relationships, such as marriage, divorce, child custody, and inheritance. The legal framework is influenced by religious laws, with distinct provisions for Muslims, Hindus, and Christians. 


Marriage and Registration

The Muslim Family Laws Ordinance, 1961, governs Muslim marriages in Bangladesh. It mandates that marriages be registered with the local Union Parishad or Municipality, ensuring legal recognition. The ordinance outlines the rights and responsibilities of spouses, including conditions for marriage, consent requirements, and procedures for divorce. It aims to protect the rights of women, including the right to initiate divorce (khula) under specific conditions, such as compensation to the husband.