Published On: Thu, Jul 10th, 2014

Secular Court Rules Wife Must Pay Monthly Fine for Refusing Religious Divorce

For not accepting a get over 20 years, wife must now pay husband $600 each month.

 

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A family court judge in Tel Aviv on Thursday issued a ruling making a wife pay her husband NIS 2, 000 a month for as long as she persists in her refusal to give him a get, the rabbinic writ of divorce. The unusual ruling follwos 20 years in which the wife has been her husband’s plea for a divorce, which have prevented him from remarrying and having new children.

The wife was fined NIS 72 thousand ($22 thousand) for her persisting to refuse the get over the past three years, since the grand rabbinic court had ordered the couple to end the marriage. In addition, she will have to come up with $600 a month for each month of continued refusal.

The plaintif left the couple’s home 19 years ago, after he had walked in on his wife and another man. In recent years he’s been living together with a new mate, whom he cannot marry and so cannot have new children.

The husband, a disabled IDF veteran, has agreed to give up his share in his estranged wife’s apartment and in their savings, as long as she accepts his get. But after his agreement to compensate her this way had been entered into the court papers, the wife had a change of heart, resulting in 20 painful years of court battles.

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