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Latest items for ATDW-PRACTICE-1

April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"A woman has the right to divorce if her husband signs a contract granting that right; cannot provide for his family; has violated the terms of their marriage contract; or is a drug addict, insane, or impotent. A husband is not required to cite a reason for divorcing his wife" (35).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The ACWF reported that approximately one-quarter of the 400,000 divorces registered each year were the result of family violence" (page 51-52). "Women’s rights advocates indicated that in rural areas women often forfeited land and property rights to their husbands in divorce proceedings. Rural contract law and laws protecting women’s rights stipulate that women enjoy equal rights in cases of land management, but experts assserted that this was rarely the case due to the complexity of the law and difficulties in its implementation. A 2011 Supreme People’s Court decision exacerbated the gender wealth gap by stating that after divorce marital property belongs solely to the person registered as the homeowner in...more
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, PW-LAW-1

"The family code places the family under the joint responsibility of both spouses, makes divorce available by mutual consent, and places legal limits on polygamy. Implementation of family law reforms remained a problem. The judiciary lacked willingness to enforce them, as many judges did not agree with their provisions. Corruption among working-level court clerks and lack of knowledge about its provisions among lawyers were also obstacles to enforcement of the law" (page 28).
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The government provided free legal aid to the indigent in family matters (excluding divorce)" (3).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The Family Cohesion and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (2011–2016), which seeks to strengthen family cohesion, to rationalize the use of domestic labour, to reduce the number of cases of domestic violence and provide protection and support to affected families, to support and empower economically and socially vulnerable families, to assist women in achieving an appropriate balance between their work-related and family responsibilities, and to empower women in all areas" (13-14). "In 2016 and 2017, the Department of Family Affairs conducted numerous initiatives and operational activities that were designed to protect and strengthen the rights of women. That included holding training workshops and programmes for productive families on developing household enterprises, taking...more
Feb. 26, 2019, 5:58 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"If a woman decides to divorce her husband, she has to apply for a court order while men have the right to unilaterally divorce their wives" (para. 5).
Feb. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"A new regulation in Saudia Arbaia will end the practice of women being divorced without their knowledge. Starting today, divorce courts in the Middle Eastern kingdom will be required by law to notify women by text message on rulings which confirm their divorce" (para. 1 - 2).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"She wanted to divorce him but was worried that she and her child would be left without financial entitlement because she was told by religious arbitrators that if she initiated the divorce, she’d lose her dowry. She was not informed by the religious arbitrator to seek advice on her financial rights under UK family law. Therefore religious arbitrators were effectively a barrier to her understanding or accessing her rights under UK law." (para. 9). "Her husband continued to coercively control her and told her she should return to him or alternatively he’d divorce her and allow her to remain with the children on the condition that she never remarried or...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The albino rights organization run by prominent Malian singer Salif Keita noted that men often divorced their wives for giving birth to an albino" (page 26).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Married women who are unable to divorce because they have not received the get continue to suffer stigma and discrimination when they bear children by men other than their husbands" (pg. 8) Get is consent to divorce (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "Psychological violence and abuse by husbands against their wives during divorce proceedings through the withholding of consent to divorce (also known as get abuse)" (pg. 8). "Women suffer from discrimination in divorce matters because they are under the influence of discriminatory religious laws. Given that, under Jewish law, only men can grant consent for a divorce (get), women are susceptible to extortion by their husbands and concede to certain marital terms...more
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"But in Armenia, where divorce is frowned on, many parents would condemn their daughter for not doing enough to save the marriage, and refuse to take her in" (para 18).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago

"The Committee is concerned at the lack of information on the economic consequences of divorce for women and girls" (page 13).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Women are discriminated against in the realm of property and inheritance as well since the Government recognizes the authority of village elders and religious or ethnic leaders to adjudicate property rights. For example, Kachin customary law favors sons over daughter in inheritance disputes; in divorce cases, the Palaung and the Kachin grant property to the husband as a matter of right" (page 28). "Palaung: By Palaung customary law, when a women and a man get divorced, women do not have the right to an inheritance, even if she needs to raise children by herself. If they have a son, only the father has a right to the custody of the...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned about the State party’s continued prioritization of reconciliation and mediation in family disputes and divorce cases, which may not afford adequate protection to women who are victims of domestic violence and result in impunity for perpetrators" (3).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Because some men refused to grant divorces, thousands of women could not remarry or give birth to legitimate children. In rare cases this rule happened in reverse, with women refusing to grant men divorces. Rabbinical tribunals sometimes sanctioned a husband who refused to give his wife a divorce, while also declining to grant the divorce without his consent" (para 153)
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"These laws were not always enforced, and the ability of a woman to seek divorce was limited" (para 157)
Oct. 18, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"In most cases, a bride who doesn’t bleed is “returned” to her father by her husband, divorced immediately, or in some cases even killed" (para 17).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Local and international NGOs reported that forced divorce--the practice of husbands or their families threatening to divorce wives they married when the girls were very young (ages 12 to 16) to pressure the girl’s family to provide additional money to the girl’s husband and his family--also occurred, particularly in the south" (para 262)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"The Personal Status Law, article 94, states that the two spouses may agree to end their marriage through a Khula, i.e., divorce at the instance of the wife, who must pay compensation. If Khula is offered in order to relinquish custody of the children or any other right, the Khula stipulation is revoked and the Khula becomes a divorce as stated in article 96 of the aforesaid law" (Pg 40).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Generally, the law does not provide for divorce, although legal annulments are possible and courts generally recognized foreign divorces if one of the parties was a foreigner. These options, however, are costly, complex, and not readily available to the poor. Muslims have the right to divorce under Muslim family law. Informal separation is common, but brings with it potential legal problems" (27).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"In some cases, especially in rural areas, children were taken by members of the husband’s family in divorce proceedings as compensation for their contribution to bride price payments" (18).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Physical abuse was legal grounds for divorce, although few women reported such abuse to authorities. Domestic violence mediation generally occurred within the family. Women choosing legal action generally preferred pursuing divorce in family courts rather than criminal prosecutions" (27).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s activists said that because family businesses were usually registered under the husband’s name, ownership continued to be transferred automatically to the former husband in divorce cases" (19).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"'Khula' divorce allows a Muslim woman to obtain a divorce without her husband’s consent, provided she is willing to forgo all her financial rights, including alimony, dowry, and other benefits...A woman’s testimony is equal to that of a man in courts dealing with all matters except for personal status, such as marriage and divorce. In marriage and divorce cases, a woman’s testimony must be judged credible to be admissible. Usually the woman accomplishes this credibility by conveying her testimony through an adult male relative or representative. The law assumes a man’s testimony is credible unless proven otherwise" (40).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"It also notes the lack of awareness concerning rights in cases of marital dissolution, especially regarding the recognition of unremunerated domestic work within the distribution of marital property, and the different economic implications of marriage versus de facto (concubine) union" (page 13).
June 9, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Congresswoman Luzviminda Ilagan, representative of Gabriella Women’s Party and co-author of the divorce bill, said there is much hypocrisy, biases and discrimination when it comes to these laws. 'We see many famous or wealthy people getting annulments while those in lower income brackets are not able,' she said. 'It’s the hypocrisy – they say we must respect the sanctity of marriage yet they grant annulments to select individuals" (para 6-7).
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
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"The Committee notes with concern that, even in the event of a divorce resulting from domestic violence, marital property may be sold only if both spouses agree, which may force women to continue to live with their violent partner if he refuses to agree to sell or to move out of the marital domicile" (pg 13).
May 1, 2018, 3:35 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"Muslim women with violent husbands are struggling to get permission for a divorce from mosque imams, an investigation has revealed. A parallel system of Islamic Sharia law operating in Australia is trapping wives in abusive relationships, for years, as male religious leaders refuse to recognise a women's right to end a marriage" (para 1-2).
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"The Committee is also concerned that the Court of Cassation has little oversight over religious courts, which tend to rule in favour of the husband in divorce, alimony and child custody proceedings" (pg 12).
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland

"The Committee notes the complexity of the customary and civil marital regimes within the State party, which have varied economic implications, and is concerned at the lack of awareness among women of their choices and the consequences. The Committee is also concerned that the State party retains the “fault” principle under its divorce law and that there is a lack of information on the economic impact of the principle on women during the division of matrimonial property, in particular when women are found to be at fault in a divorce case. The Committee recalls its general recommendation No. 29 on the economic consequences of marriage, family relations and their dissolution...more