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If young Jewish newly-weds split up before having children , will the court take into account the fact that the wife is young and has only been married a short time when it sets her maintenance?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 16 May, 2022

Yes – but only in special, exceptional circumstances. As a rule, under Jewish law a husband is obliged to support his wife. A few Supreme Court rulings in the early 90’s seemed to start setting a trend whereby a young wife who had been married for only a short time or a woman who had worked but then ceased to do so would only be entitled to minimum maintenance. However, this was the exception, not the rule.


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