Lau: Divorce should be granted before division of assets

Chief Rabbi David Lau has reiterated a much-praised stance he took in a recent divorce case which came before the Supreme Rabbinical Court, asserting that it is legitimate for rabbinical judges to require a divorce be given before an agreement on the division of a couple’s assets is reached.

Earlier this month, Lau siting as a rabbinical judge on the Supreme Rabbinical Court, demanded that a husband who had refused to give his wife a bill of divorce for eight years, finally grant her the divorce before an agreement on division of the assets was reached.

The many thousands of incidents of divorce refusal which take place in Israel are in the majority cases in which the spouse, usually the husband but not uncommonly the wife, demand favorable terms in the division of assets as a condition for acceding to the divorce.


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