AGREEMENT WHICH WAS PART OF A FOREIGN ISLAMIC DIVORCE DECREE PROPERLY ENFORCED UNDER THE DOCTRINE OF COMITY.
The Second Department determined an agreement, called a mahr agreement, which was part of a foreign Islamic divorce decree and which called for the payment to the wife of $250,000, was properly enforced by Supreme Court under the doctrine of comity:
“Although not required to do so, the courts of this State generally will accord recognition to the judgments rendered in a foreign country under the doctrine of comity which is the equivalent of full faith and credit given by the courts to judgments of our sister States” … . Comity should be extended to uphold the validity of a foreign divorce decree absent a showing of fraud in its procurement or that recognition of the judgment would do violence to a strong public policy of New York … . Moreover, in extending comity to uphold the validity of a foreign divorce decree, New York courts will generally recognize all the provisions of such decrees, including any agreement which may have been incorporated therein, unless modification is required by reason of some compelling public policy … .
Here, the mahr agreement, although not acknowledged in accordance with Domestic Relations Law § 236(B)(3), was signed by the parties and two witnesses, as well as the Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York. Under the circumstances presented, the Supreme Court properly recognized so much of the foreign judgment of divorce as incorporated the mahr agreement under the principles of comity, as no strong public policy of New York was violated thereby … . Badawi v Alesawy, 2016 NY Slip Op 00317, 2nd Dept 1-20-16
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