Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

The new initiative stipulates that the courts will notify the women immediately via text message to their phone numbers registered through the Absher system when a divorce decree is issued by a court. Women also could access information about their status online and visit a court to access their divorce paperwork.

Abu-Dayyeh cautioned that this new measure does not guarantee divorced women in Saudi Arabia will receive alimony or custody of their children.

"It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused", she added.

Under current law men in Saudi Arabia can obtain a divorce with a verbal statement verified in court while women must provide both a reason and evidence of abuse.

According to lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi, some men now register divorce deeds at the courts without telling their wives.

In a statement to StepFeed, Saudi women's rights activist Nouf said that even though the recently passed ruling isn't ideal, it's still a step in the right direction. Yet there was in Saudi Arabia again and again, cases in which men were secretly getting a divorce without their wives knowledge.

It would be recalled that it was just in June 2018 that women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

What can Saudi women still not do?

With this system, the Saudi women will no longer be the last to know they've been divorced.

Although many have hailed the Saudi government's reforms, these have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent with about a dozen female activists arrested.

However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws.

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