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Home / My wife and I signed a divorce agreement in which we both agreed to co-operate regarding the divorce and it was stated that if she did not turn up for the divorce ceremony at the rabbinical court then she would lose her maintenance. She did not appear – does she really lose her right to be supported by me even though we are still married, or am I still obliged to pay her maintenance?

My wife and I signed a divorce agreement in which we both agreed to co-operate regarding the divorce and it was stated that if she did not turn up for the divorce ceremony at the rabbinical court then she would lose her maintenance. She did not appear – does she really lose her right to be supported by me even though we are still married, or am I still obliged to pay her maintenance?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 16 May, 2022

While nothing can be done to enforce a Jewish spouse’s consent to divorce ,even if written , as this would invalidate the ‘get’ which must be given and accepted out of free will, a wife’s obligation to forego her maintenance will still hold. Thus her husband will be free of any obligation to pay her maintenance.


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