- June 12, 2023
- Yoni Levoritz
Jewish Tradition and Values in the Divorce Process
A guide by the Levoritz Law Firm
The Jewish tradition and values play an essential role in the divorce process. Jewish divorce laws are commonly known as “get” which is a religious bill of divorce that is given to a wife by her husband. However, the Jewish divorce process is more than just issuing a get. It involves complex legal and ethical considerations that may influence the decisions made by couples and their attorneys during the divorce process.
One of the central tenets of Jewish divorce is the notion of “shalom bayit,” which means peace in the home. The primary goal of the Jewish divorce process is to achieve an amicable and peaceful resolution to the dissolution of the marriage. This value of peace is reflected in the get document itself, which includes a section stating that the divorce is granted with “goodwill and favor.”
Further, Jewish tradition and values dictate that both spouses should be treated fairly and with respect during the divorce process. Jewish law requires that the husband provide financial support to his wife even after the divorce, and the ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract) outlines the financial terms of the marriage as well as the consequences of a divorce.
In the Jewish tradition, the divorce process involves several intermediaries who help to facilitate the process. The role of the intermediaries is to ensure that both parties are treated fairly, and that the divorce is conducted with respect and dignity. These intermediaries can include rabbis, attorneys, mediators, and counselors who can help to guide the couple through the process.
The Jewish tradition also encourages couples to seek reconciliation before pursuing a divorce. The idea of reconciliation is based on the belief that the marital relationship is a sacred bond that should be preserved whenever possible. If reconciliation is not possible, the get process provides a path for ending the marriage as peacefully as possible.
The Jewish divorce process also pays particular attention to the welfare and needs of children. Under Jewish law, both parents are required to provide for their children even after a divorce. Further, Jewish law recognizes the importance of maintaining stability and consistency in a child’s life, particularly in terms of their religious upbringing.
In conclusion, the role of Jewish tradition and values in the divorce process is significant. By prioritizing peace, fairness, reconciliation, and child welfare, the Jewish divorce process offers a guiding framework that can help couples navigate the emotionally charged and complex process of ending a marriage. While these values may not be relevant to non-Jewish couples, they provide a meaningful foundation for those who seek a respectful and dignified divorce in the Jewish tradition.
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