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Appeals court had the chance to do right by a wife and children – but declined it (access required)

The North Carolina Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Mussa v. Palmer-Mussa, in which it refused to recognize an American-Islamic divorce, may have been consistent with North Carolina law, but it resulted in an unjust outcome. The dissent had a more nuanced approach protecting the financial rights of the defendant/wife arising out of a twelve-year marital relationship and at the same time affirming North Carolina’s recognition of religious marriages without a marriage license.

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