Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Saudi ladies to get divorce affirmation by textual content message

Saudi ladies to get divorce affirmation by textual content message

The decision was taken by the justice minister after several courts reported serious cases resulting from husbands not informing their wives they had divorced them, Gulf news reported.

The Saudi Ministry of Justice described the move as "a step aimed at protecting the rights of female clients".

Included in the message will be the divorce certificate number and the name of the relevant court where the women can pick up the documentation. In some cases this also led to men impersonating their wives or using previously valid powers of attorney in order to gain control of their ex-wives finances.

Currently, some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives, al-Ghamdi said by phone from Jeddah.

In a statement to StepFeed, Saudi women's rights activist Nouf said that even though the recently passed ruling isn't flawless, it's still a step in the right direction.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently overturned a ban on women driving, and also ordered movie theaters to reopen again after more than 35 years.

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The new law came into effect on Sunday and has been lauded as a great way to end secret divorces and to protect women's rights.

Other recent reforms in the kingdom include women being allowed to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men.

Saudi Arabia is home to a number of women-only universities.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", said Abu-Dayyeh.

Previous year a decades-old driving ban on women was reversed, meaning that a Saudi female can now drive down the street while simultaneously receiving a text notification that her husband has left her.

Women still require male permission to renew their passports and leave the country.

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