Saudi men can no longer divorce wives without informing them, court rules

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From Sunday, a new regulation issued by the country's Ministry of Justice will see a court notify women via text message when a divorce decree (or official order) is issued, a Saudi lawyer told Bloomberg.

Women in Saudi Arabia will now be notified about their divorce via text messages.

"Women in the kingdom will be able to view documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts through the ministry's website", the spokesperson added.

Until now, men could apply for a divorce without informing their wives, thus avoiding any court oversight of compensation or alimony payments.

"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", said Suad Abu-Dayyeh from global rights group, Equality Now.

The match, which is set to be held on January 16th in Jeddah, has been hailed by Serie A president Gaetano Micciche as a "historic" match that could drive Saudi women to take up the sport. In these cases, often referred to as secret divorces, women often end up missing out on alimony payments.

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But it is his son, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the face of the wider social revolution.

In June a year ago, women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

What can Saudi women still not do?

But despite limited reforms over the last decade - including opening up sports stadiums and cinemas - Saudi women continue to be repressed by the country's male guardianship system.

However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

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