Is it necessary to get khula if you have a civil divorce?

Is it necessary to get khula if you have a civil divorce?Category: RelationshipsIs it necessary to get khula if you have a civil divorce?
Zahra asked 3 years ago

Question about divorce and remarriage for a friend; She married in a muslim country where civil and nikkah proceedings were done together. Now, she has divorced him legally in the west without his cooperation. They have been separated a while and now she wants to get remarried. Does she need a separate Islamic divorce before she can remarry? Khula proceedings are long and expensive in the UK, and she has had a negative experience with talking to Imams etc about her situation so she would like to avoid this.