In recent decades, however, the Moudawana has faced pressure from civil society groups and women's rights campaigners to introduce reforms, prompting King Mohammed VI to appoint a commission to examine its principles and practice in October 2003.
Its findings have resulted in more rights for women and updates to many of its rules, particularly in introducing new types of divorce, including "irreconcilable differences".
Moroccan women however are not known for their love of foreign women who marry Moroccan men.
May 2011 we returned to Morocco together , there was a distant silence between us on that trip …
I went to Casablanca for business purpose and he went to Essaouira to his family , he took a short vacation to his favourite small village " Imssouan " with his younger brother(even though he has no money) , he still contacted daily over the next coming week and actually asked if I could pay for the hotel they were staying with my credit card , unbelievable !!!
A loophole in the law, penal code article 475, meant a rapist could evade prosecution if he married his victim.
This film looks at the human stories behind the Moudawana, how it has modernised family law, and at the progress it still probably needs to make.
It started as a few stares here and there when we would go to visit Morocco, but when we befriended many Moroccans it became obvious that there was something else there.