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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
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Jan. 30, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

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
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"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).