A Jewish man has asked the Family Court of Australia to withhold the wife’s property settlement until she agrees to a gett.
Two key components are inherent to the process of Jewish divorce (gett): the husband must grant the gett, and the wife must accept.
We hear of the plight of the agunot – women who are “chained” to their marriage because their husbands refuse to grant a gett – but last week, in Australia, a lesser reported issue came to the fore, highlighting what can happen when the situation is reversed, and the woman is the non-compliant party.
The case of Idelsohn v. Idelsohn saw an Orthodox Jewish husband attempting to force his wife into accepting a gett, asking the Family Court of Australia to withhold the wife’s property settlement of approximately $760,000 until she agreed.
The court ruled that to interfere in this matter would be contrary to Section 116 of the Constitution which states the Commonwealth “shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or from imposing any religious observance”, deferring the jurisdiction to the Beth Din.
To read this story in full, go to the Australian Jewish News website: https://www.jewishnews.net.au/woman-refused-accept-jewish-divorce/65985