Man says she's using the law to blackmail him
In another post this week, we discussed the No-Fault Divorce. However in Israel, a woman is facing the polar opposite of that idea of an amicable dissolution of marriage. The woman, whose name is being withheld, is now in jail because for the past 16 years, the 60-year-old has denied granting her husband a divorce because she felt the ruling handed down by the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court in their 2001 case was unfair to her. Now, the court has decided to change her mind with extreme measures.
The hope-to-be-ex-husband of the woman has claimed his currently jailed wife is holding off allowing the divorce to go through until she is granted a $1.5 million house in central Israel. Her resolution is strong considering the court has also taken away her driver's license and prevented her from leaving the country.
The history and paper trail of the trial has been long and hard-fought. The divorce, which originally was petitioned for in 1996, was granted in 2001 after the woman didn't budge from any offers of resolution the husband sent her way. Of course, then she became enraged when the court decided the way the assets were to be divided.
She continued to deny the divorce, which sent the case all the way to the rabbinical court, which would eventually decree the divorce granted, a rare decision that the woman still did not recognize. They even offered to hear her demands, but she never responded to the request, which sent the court over the edge, eventually demanding her jailing. She now has to wait until July to make her case to be released and at that time, hopefully, she will try to settle this case amicably before being sent to jail again.