The controversial articles will be re-raised for review during the coming cabinet meeting next week to approve the bill in its final version and refer it to the parliament for endorsement.

The bill regulates engagement, marriage, alimony, termination of marriage contracts either by divorce, annulment or separation, and the custody of children, guardianship over money, penalties for violators of rulings as well as other family-related issues for Muslims.

Non Muslims will be subjected to provisions stipulated in their religions provided that they do not disrupt public order.

The bill aims at adapting with great social changes in the Egyptian society, adopting a unified legislation regulating personal status and addressing some aspects that were not tackled in the previous law.