Family Law Prof Blog

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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Israeli Man Who Refused To Divorce Wife Is Freed From Jail After 19 Years

From The Times of Israel:

A man incarcerated for over 19 years for refusing to give his wife a divorce, and  who faced unprecedented criminal charges over his recalcitrance in what is believed to be the most extreme case in Israel, was freed on Wednesday.

Meir Gorodetsky has opted to remain in jail since 2000 under rabbinical court sanction rather than grant a get — a religious writ of divorce — to his wife, Tzviya, who last year secured a private annulment of their marriage in a move not recognized by the state authorities. He continued to refuse to grant the divorce papers despite a stint in solitary confinement and other jail sanctions, including the confiscation of his phylacteries.

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