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July 18, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
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"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).
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
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"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).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
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"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).
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
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"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
Jan. 30, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
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It is that adaptability -- in a country where a wave of SMS divorces prompted Islamic leaders to issue a fatwa against such annulments -- that has religious authorities and social conservatives bracing for a new trend: marriage via Skype" (Para 5).
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
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"The Committee reiterates its concern about the negative economic consequences on women as a result of divorce, including obligations to return dowry, pay compensation and accept limited alimony" (Pg 12).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"The report alleges that it aims to minimize divorce. For that purpose it is recommended to have mediators. Another concern is that divorce cases should be held in secrecy to protect the privacy of the family. Yet, several women’s associations believe this is a method to keep independent observers away from the courts, and therefore leaving women more vulnerable. The report advises to reduce the years of separation required to seek divorce from three to one, which is interesting because mostly in Turkey it is men who have the means to leave the household. So now while claiming to minimize divorce rates, this indeed would make divorce easier. Post-divorce, the...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
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"While customary law varies throughout the country, it typically pressures a woman to relinquish her share of an inheritance to her brothers in order to ensure her social protection in case of divorce" (para 3).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"According to the KINU [Korean Institute for National Unification] 2015 white paper, divorces were not approved without bribes"(13)
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
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"Jihan said that in August, after many more beatings, she asked her husband for a divorce. He replied, 'You want a divorce? You can have it this way.' Then he punched her in the eye and attempted to slash her face with a knife. She raised her arm in defense, and he slashed her arm instead"(5)."Jihan was staying at a shelter run by a nongovernmental organization at the time of the interview [she is a victim of domestic violence and marital rape], and felt she had nowhere else to turn. She said she wanted a divorce, but her father refused to hand over her marriage certificate for the divorce application....more
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
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"Describing what happened to some girls who were accused of having sexual experiences before their wedding night, she said, 'In most villages, a girl who is found to not be a virgin is tortured, her clothes torn and hanged over her head, and she is forced to ride back-to-front on a donkey back to her parents’ houses, and one of her sisters is taken [for marriage] along with their bride price'" (para 10).
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
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"In Chechnya and Ingushetia many are deprived of their children after divorce – with reference to purported 'tradition' which allegedly prescribes children to be raised in their father’s family – and are often denied visiting rights. Some have been struggling to see their children for years"(para 4)
Oct. 20, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
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"Mohsina said her father refused to take her back [after she ran away from her abusive husband], because it would mean returning the dowry. So Mr. Ajmal is trying to raise the money so that her husband will accept a divorce" (para 22).
Oct. 18, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
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"Land used to be a major source of disputes, particularly after long marriages ended in divorce, she said. 'When [the woman] goes back to her parents’ home, it becomes a problem,' she said. 'Thanks to the new Kenyan constitution, equal rights are given to both genders.'" (21-22).
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China

"Many rural women also experience domestic violence, but divorce is not an option because their families are unable to support them if they leave their husbands"(para 3)."As the leader of the rural women’s grassroots organization, Xiufang helps rural women call for change to traditional village rules and regulations; Zhoushan Village was the first village in the country to successfully enhance the gender sensitivity of village regulations. Clauses safeguarding the entitlement to village welfare for divorced or widowed women were also incorporated into the regulations"(para 5)
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: India
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"Farha's husband works in the family business of selling diamonds, but she was left [after he divorced her] to fend for herself without any sort of allowance. 'He hasn't given me a rupee since our divorce,' she told CNN in January" (para 18).
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"Women in Iran are subject to pervasive discrimination both in law and practice, including in areas concerning marriage, divorce, child custody, freedom of movement, employment, and access to political office"(para 17)
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

Article 38: Shared marital property ends with the termination of marriage. The estate is divided equally between spouses upon separation or between the survivor and the heirs of the deceased in case of death. ( WROLUCFW: P9)
Aug. 3, 2017, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"According to The Times (U.K.), which received a leaked copy of the law last Friday, the law requires women to grant sex to their husbands every fourth night unless they are ill, restricts a woman to the home unless her husband allows her to leave, legalizes child marriage by setting the marriageable age at first menstruation, and grants child custody rights to fathers and grandfathers before mothers" (para 3)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
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"negotiations and agreements on property distribution happen outside legal regulation where power imbalances between women and men exist and, therefore, women are placed at a disadvantage...most divorcing women reportedly lack the necessary information and means to demand the disclosure of the financial situation of their husbands, including business and career assets, since the law does not provide any procedural tools and guidelines" (15)
July 3, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Japan
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"the Civil Code continues to prohibit only women from remarrying within a specified period of time after divorce, notwithstanding the decision of the Supreme Court to shorten the period from 6 months to 100 days" (3)
June 21, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Russia

“Toward the end of our four-and-a-half-hour interview, Evgenia showed me a foldout bed tucked into the back of the hallway. Because her former husband is registered as an official occupant of the apartment (divorce does not change residency rights automatically), the police told her that she had no right to kick him out completely. He has not laid a hand on her since the divorce, but he sleeps in the hallway when he is not staying with his own parents in the country” (72).
June 21, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Russia

“Mothers also worry about officially remarrying especially because an official husband would then acquire rights to live in or inherit her apartment, even after divorce” (115).
June 21, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Russia

“Inna is unusual in that her ex-husband, a wealthy New Russian, pays for her apartment and gives her a monthly allowance. She has difficult relations with her former husband and she hates feeling so dependent, yet at the same time she does not have to rely on her own mother as much as other [divorced] women do” (147).
June 17, 2017, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela

“What is particularly worrisome about the sole focus on female household heads as beneficiaries in the [land] reforms in Venezuela … is that if in the case of couples, only husbands are on the beneficiary lists, this leaves women vulnerable in the case of household dissolution” (275).
June 16, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"If you and your husband get divorced, whichever spouse brought the other to the country is the only one to stay, and of course you both go if hubby is a “bigamist.” So in Switzerland there is no musical chairs of divorce and remarriage to regularize everyone’s situation. It happens, but only succeeds once out of a hundred or so failures. If you get divorced one month after the 5 year deadline required for a C permit, they DO CHECK AND WILL REVOKE YOUR C PERMIT AS NECESSARY" (para 9)