Monday, May 20, 2019

British Divorce Case Poses Catch-22 For Jewish Husband

The Daily Mail reported last week on arguments in Britain's Court of Appeal in a divorce case involving a Jewish couple in which the husband claims that the trial court's order creates problems under Jewish religious law.  In order to force the millionaire husband Alan Moher to grant his wife a Jewish bill of divorce, the trial court ordered that he pay maintenance of £1,850 per month until he grants his wife a Get. Moher argues however that a Get is invalid under Jewish law if it is not granted freely, and this means the maintenance order prevents him from providing a valid Get.  According to the husband's attorney:
The imposition of a financial sanction on a party, in a bid to force them to grant a Get, invalidates the Get under religious law.
[Thanks to Law & Religion UK for the lead.]