Proponents of the amendment argued that the 1973 law tempted husbands to refuse to grant their wives a get so that the assets, generally in the husband's name, would not be divided between them. The division of assets also gave the husband a means to “blackmail” his wife as a condition for granting the get. The amendment will now allow for the division of spousal property prior to divorce in cases where divorce proceedings last more than one year or if it is proven that a marriage is in irretrievable breakdown, and in cases of domestic violence.
When the Knesset voted to enact the amendment last month, Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Director of Bar-Ilan University's
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