What is a “Jewish divorce”?

In Canada, marriage is ended by way of a civil divorce, pursuant to the terms of the Divorce Act. As well as terminating the marriage, a civil divorce can address what are known as “corollary issues” such as custody and access and support. Once a person has obtained a civil divorce, she or he is free to marry again.

However, some religions require people to also obtain a religious divorce before they can marry again within the religion. This is the case for some Jewish women.

A Jewish divorce is called a Get. Without it, a woman is considered to still be married to her husband and cannot enter into a Jewish marriage to someone else, even if she has obtained a civil divorce. In fact, any new relationship would be considered adultery.

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