My wife and I are having marital problems because of financial pressure. She has threatened to sue me for maintenance. I said she should go out to work and help bring in money. She said I can’t force her to do that. Who is right?By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 16 May, 2022
Yes! According to Jewish law a wife does not have to work outside the home and bring in a salary. If she does her salary will be taken off any maintenance obligation her husband owes her. However, a husband cannot demand that his wife work outside the home to relieve himself of his maintenance obligation to her during their marriage.