My marriage broke up in 2007 after my wife was caught cheating. She was taken away at her own request by her family and I have not seen, heard, talked or have had any other contact with her or her family, whatsoever since that time. My children are all married and independent. I formally sent her a divorce deed in 2010 on a stamp court paper duly witnessed and notarized.

My questions are as follows:

  1. Is this divorce deed valid?
  2. What is the status of this marriage when both partners have had no contact for 6 years?
  3. Do I now have to get a divorce again as per the Shia Islamic law?

Your divorce is acceptable by law, but if you have not said the Arabic divorcing statement, this divorce is not acceptable by religion. As you are a man you have a right to divorce your wife by Arabic statement and with paying her your duties. If you have done all of above things, your divorce is OK.

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  • "acceptable by law". Well it depends on the country in which the husband and the wife is. – Bleeding Fingers Feb 12 '14 at 17:45

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