Saudia women to get notified of divorce via SMS

Posted January 09, 2019

This is supposed to reduce the number of Saudi Men who end marriages with their wives without telling their wives.

Saudi Arabia has adopted a new regulation that requires courts to notify women by text message if they've been divorced.

The women will be able to view their status via the official website of the Ministry.

Under the current regulations, men can legally divorce women with a verbal statement and get the decision finalised in a court.

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.

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Begum said the new "law" doesn't change anything for women: "What that means is that women are no longer the last to know their husbands have divorced them".

"This is a very excellent service because previously there have been many cases in which women are divorced without knowing their status", Saudi lawyer Bayan Zahran told a local television channel, the Financial Times reported.

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

Women in Saudi Arabia still continue to be subjected to male guardianship laws.

Begum added that the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia makes women dependent on their husbands to travel overseas, change a passport, get a job or engage in any other activity.

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The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony.

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

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", she added.

In June of 2018, women were officially granted the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, following years of protests.

A young Saudi woman reportedly ran away from her family while on vacation in Kuwait last week and boarded a plane to Thailand, where she is now being detained, claiming her family was abusive.

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