Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, September 15, 2019

American Woman's Divorce Battle In Saudi Arabia Is Illustrative Of The Country's Legal System


A US nurse involved in a tortuous legal battle in Saudi Arabia, in which she claims authorities have consistently discriminated against her because she is a foreign woman, shows how the legal system can be a minefield for foreign women.

Teresa Malof, 51, says she has been mistreated in her attempts to divorce her ex-husband Mazen al-Mubarak, the father to her three children. As a result, she says, she paid for their marital home for years while he lived in it alone.

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