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New Break for Divorced Women Husband Must Pay Alimony Even if Former Spouse is Working

The Rabbinical Court in Haifa has ruled that alimony must be paid by a husband in a divorce case even though the wife may be working. The law had previously stated that if the wife was working the husband did not have to pay alimony: The court found, however, that as more and more women are now working, husbands have been exploiting the law to exert pressure on their wives.

The ruling was made last week in a case involving a childless couple, both working academicians. For over a year the husband had refused both to agree to a divorce and to pay alimony. The court ruled that payment of alimony in a separation starts as soon as the court approves a divorce, even though the husband does not agree immediately to the actual divorce.