Saudi men can no Longer Divorce Their Wives Without Telling Them

Saudi women are to get divorce confirmation by TEXT message under new rules

Secret divorce is history now! Saudi women to learn they’re single again via…SMS?!

On Sunday, the Saudi justice ministry said courts were required to notify women by text message that their marriages had been terminated, a measure seemingly aimed at ending cases of men getting a divorce without informing their partners. This often led to a practice of "secret divorce" whereby men would divorce their wives but remain living with them cause their now ex-wives to miss out on alimony payments.

"Women. will be notified of any changes to their marital status via text message", the justice ministry said in a statement carried by state-run Al-Ekhbariya news channel and other local media.

The adoption of the text message system is seen as the latest in a series of shifts created to give women more freedoms.

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Despite small steps such as allowing women to drive, campaigners say the main sticking point remained Saudi Arabia's guardianship policy, where women must have permission from a male relative to work, travel, marry, and even get some medical treatment.

'It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused'. You may also view all documents about a termination of their marriage on the website of the Ministry.

Nouf also explained that though several strides in women's rights have been made in recent months, there's still a long way to go before Saudi women win all their rights.

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Last year, a decades-old driving ban on women was lifted in Saudi Arabia.

According to Saudi daily Okaz, the message will not include the word "divorce" to alleviate possible shocks for wives who did not expect such a move by their husbands against them, especially that women do not have to be present as the divorce is pronounced. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws.

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Saudi social consultant and researcher Salman Bin Mohammed Al-Amri found divorce cases handled by courts across the country reached 53,675 in 2017.

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