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Home / My husband and I are Jewish. He refuses to give me a divorce. I know he is planning to leave the country to marry another woman with foreign nationality in a civil wedding abroad . I am terrified he will not return and I will be an "aguna" under Jewish law, and will not be able to get a divorce , and my freedom to remarry. Can I do anything to stop him ?

My husband and I are Jewish. He refuses to give me a divorce. I know he is planning to leave the country to marry another woman with foreign nationality in a civil wedding abroad . I am terrified he will not return and I will be an “aguna” under Jewish law, and will not be able to get a divorce , and my freedom to remarry. Can I do anything to stop him ?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 13 June, 2022
Yes ! A woman in this situation can apply for an emergency ‘stop order’ from the rabbinical court to prevent her husband from leaving Israel, on the grounds of the fear that she will become an ‘aguna’ ( or “abandoned wife”) if he does not return. If the woman has evidence to support the notion that her husband is planning to marry another woman abroad, these can help her persuade the rabbinical court to grant the order.

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