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In what circumstances might it beneficial to a man, who married his wife in the usual Jewish tradition, to pay her maintenance after they divorce?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 23 June, 2022
The general rule is that a Jewish husband who married in a Jewish religious wedding ceremony has an obligation to give his wife maintenance during their marriage. This obligation ends when they divorce. If a Jewish divorcee receives maintenance after her divorce this is an exception.
This exceptional situation can arise when the husband has an interest in persuading his wife to divorce as quickly as possible ( e.g. if he has a lover and she is pregnant and he wishes to marry her) and his wife is not so interested in divorce, or is not in a hurry to divorce. To tempt his wife to agree to divorce he may offer her a financial incentive – maintenance after the divorce.
Another situation where a woman may get maintenance after divorce is where there is a “balancing” or “equalization” of marital property between them and the husband owes the wife money. He may not be able to pay her a lump sum in which case the debt can be paid in the form of maintenance after divorce.

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