Bill of divorce

in the Jewish law, a writing given by the husband to the wife, by which the marriage relation was dissolved.
See under Bill.

See also: Bill, Divorce

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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One of the peachy-cheeked charmers with the skeleton throats is already apprised of all the principal circumstances that will come out before the Lords on Sir Leicester's application for a bill of divorce.
Her husband steadfastly refused to grant a bill of divorce even after being ordered by the State Rabbinical Court to do so.
Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate." They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss her?" He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
Once a legal separation was obtained, it was possible to proceed to the final step, petitioning Parliament with a bill of divorce. A divorce bill could only become legal--as a divorce act--if approved by a vote of both the House of Lords and the House of Commons and ultimately signed by the King, just like any other law.
Rabban Gamaliel decreed that they should not do this, for the betterment of the world." (12) The problem, in such a case, is that a man could annul a bill of divorce before it reached his wife but without her knowledge or that of his agent.
Men or women could initiate divorce proceedings, but a man had to present his wife with a bill of divorce, called a get, to make it official.
Under Orthodox Jewish law, a woman can only be divorced if she is granted a bill of divorce, a "get", by her husband.
Rather, they were debating whether the bride could walk away free and clear, retaining the status of an unmarried maiden--and this did occur--or whether she would have to submit to receiving a "bill of divorce" (a get), making her into a divorcee.(28) The probabilities of being required to take this second road were greatly increased by the Italian usage to betroth so soon after the engagement.
The Haifa Regional Rabbinical Court has decided for the first time in the history of the struggle against get refusers -- men and women who refuse to grant a bill of divorce to their spouses under Jewish law -- to slap serious sanctions against one such recalcitrant wife.
"It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."
A clause was added stipulating that the bill of divorce granted by a husband not be connected to any conditions -- a clause designed to prevent him extorting more favorable terms in the divorce settlement in return for him granting the divorce.