Israel: Woman granted divorce 14 years after husband cheated on her with a man

Nick Duffy September 8, 2014
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An Israeli woman has finally been granted a divorce from her husband – 14 years after he cheated on her with a man.

The woman, who has not been named, pleaded to be allowed a divorce in a family court hearing overseen by Chief Rabbi David Lau.

Under Jewish law, a man must give his consent for a divorce to be finalised, leaving women who cannot gain the permission of their husbands ‘trapped’ in marriages.

After six years a court ruled that he was obligated to divorce her, but despite the ruling he continued to hold out for another eight years.

The man – who was caught cheating with a Filipino carer – demanded that his wife pay him money in order to be granted the divorce, according to the Jerusalem Post.

However, following a 5-hour Supreme Rabbinical Court hearing this week, he finally agreed to end the marriage.

Mavoi Satum diretor Attorney Batya Kehana-Dror said: “In one hearing, Rabbi Lau understood the absurdity of demanding that this woman pay for her [divorce].

“A woman is not obligated anything to her husband to be free from her marriage. Rabbi Lau adopted basic democratic values, including the rights of women.

“He understood that there is a right to leave a marriage without paying for it, and that is the importance of this ruling.”

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