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…A last resort, but sometimes necessary

Get is the Hebrew word for the divorce document. Since a Jewish marriage is entered into by the issuance of a legal contract between husband and wife, it can be terminated only by the issuance of a legal writ nullifying the original contract. A get may not be issued unless a civil divorce is first obtained, just as a Jewish marriage ceremony may not be conducted without first fulfilling all civil requirements.

A Jewish divorce is similar to many present-day legal transactions. A divorce contract is drawn up under rabbinical supervision and signed by witnesses. A Jewish divorce usually takes an hour or two, during which time the get is prepared and executed.

In Melbourne a Get can only be issued by the Beth Din of Melbourne and they should be contacted directly for further information, 9525 5186 or registrar@mbd.net.au.

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