According to an agreement authorized by court nearly 20 years ago I have to pay my wife maintenance. We agreed to separate but remain formally married for the children’s sake, to avoid social stigma at the time. Our children have grown up now. Am I entitled to stop paying my wife maintenance now ?By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 03 May, 2022
No ! As long as the agreement has not been changed, or cancelled, then it is still in force and obliges the husband to continue paying his wife maintenance , according to the terms stated in it. This applies as long as the marriage exists formally and as long as the rabbinical court has not held that the wife is not entitled to maintenance.