Saudi men can no longer divorce wives without informing them, court rules

Larry Hoffman
January 8, 2019

CNN reports that these text messages include the divorce certificate number and the name of the court where women can pick up the documentation.

Accoridng to the new law, women could now check their marital status on the ministry's website or visit the relevant court to get a copy of divorce papers.

"This will put an end to any attempts at cheating or impersonating the identity of women to take control of their bank accounts and property using previously issued powers of attorney", Hindi said.

Under current law men in Saudi Arabia can obtain a divorce with a verbal statement verified in court while women must provide both a reason and evidence of abuse.

Currently, some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives, al-Ghamdi said by phone from Jeddah. Yet, there were cases in which men were secretly getting a divorce without their wives knowledge. In recent years, the kingdom has granted women the right to enter sports stadiums and participate in elections for the first time.

Texts would mean that women will be completely aware of their marital status which will help protect their rights including alimony. This move shows how Bin-Salman, is eager to make change when it comes to women's rights in a new era in Saudi Arabia.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", she added.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the throne in June 2017, has pushed an economic plan, known as "Vision 2030", that aims to boost the female quota in the workplace from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030.

A young Saudi woman reportedly ran away from her family while on vacation in Kuwait last week and boarded a plane to Thailand, where she is now being detained, claiming her family was abusive.

Women still require male permission to renew their passports and leave the country.

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