My marriage has deteriorated and my wife has avoided having sex with me for a long time. She has been hinting about divorce lately and has now filed me for maintenance. I suspect she may have a lover. If she has been committing adultery do I still owe her maintenance ? My wife and I are both Jewish.By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 16 May, 2022
In certain circumstances a wife may lose her right to maintenance under Jewish law if she refuses to have intimate relations with her husband. If she refuses on purpose to cause him sorrow without any reasonable cause, or because she has her eye on another man, then she can lose her maintenance rights. However, if her refusal is due to her husband’s negative behaviour towards her she will not lose her rights.