Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws

Reuters reported that the new law, which was enforced as of January 6, aims to protect women from secret divorces and enables women to protect their rights, including their right to alimony.

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer be the last to know of their own divorce, according to reports.

The new law is being enacted to increase a woman's rights and to end the practice of men issuing divorces to their wives without informing them.

"The new measure ensures women get their rights when they're divorced", lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently overturned a ban on women driving, and also ordered movie theaters to reopen again after more than 35 years.

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Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women about a change in their marital status in case of divorce being granted.

In such an instance, a woman filed a legal case against her former husband who divorced her without telling her, but continued to have relations with her, which amounted to a sinful situation. "For one, they wouldn't have to pay any proper alimony or grant a woman her monetary rights".

On Sunday, an 18-year-old Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport said she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials. Throughout the divorce proceedings, the husband remains the wife's guardian.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", said Abu-Dayyeh. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

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

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