Get Me Out

07.26.13

Israeli Women Stuck in Defunct Marriages

One in five who seek divorce is rebuked.

Divorce is hard to come by in Israel: to obtain it, both parties must consent and sign a religious document, called a get, for a rabbi. Many husbands refuse this rite, and when they do, the marriage cannot be dissolved. This applies to all Jewish Israelis: Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox; religious and secular alike. This especially hurts women, and the process has been upheld “even in cases,” reports the L.A. Times, “where a man has abused his wife, disappeared, lied about his sexuality or molested their children.” However, in some cases when a husband flees, the court hires a spy to find him and place him in custody until he’ll agree to the divorce.