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I married a woman in a Jewish ceremony religious ceremony in Israel, after she had immigrated from Argentina, where her first  husband, who had been vociferous in his opposition to the former military regime ‘disappeared’ after being arrested and taken away for interrogation. She has no discovered that he is alive. Is my marriage valid, or will I have to get a divorce ?

Marriage and Divorce Marriage and Kiddushin

The dedication and marriage of a man to a married woman is prohibited according to ‘Din Torah’ (Jewish Law) and, therefore, a ceremony involving  a couple whose marriage is forbidden  will be “void ab initio”  (from the beginning). Accordingly, there will be no need for you to get a divorce under Jewish law; were never viewed as married according to Jewish law, and no rights or obligations arise from the forbidden and legally invalid union. A woman whose husband disappears for a long time and whom she is sure is dead , will need to get special permission from the rabbinical court if she wishes to marry someone else. She will require a ‘ Aguna’s ( Abandoned Wife’s) Permit’ .

Other examples of forbidden matches are a) a man with his sister-in-law and b) a man with his mother, sister or daughter ; the ban on these is total.

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