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Jordan: Bill to Amend the Family Law Adds Provision on Electronic Divorces

(Mar. 24, 2010) On February 2, 2010, Jordan's Ministry of Justice, in pending legislation to amend the law on family matters, added a new provision on divorce via cell phones, the Internet, and email messages. The new provision authorizes a husband to divorce his wife unilaterally by sending her a text message or an email. The two main requirements for the legitimacy of the divorce are the clarity of the message and the acknowledgement of the wife that she received her (former) husband's message.

The new provision also covers cases in which the husband denies that he sent the electronic message. The husband has to swear before the court that he was not the sender and did not intend to divorce his wife. In such a case, the court would revoke the divorce. Moreover, the husband may bring witnesses to deny that he intended to divorce his wife. (The Family Law Bill Adds a Provision on Electronic Divorces [in Arabic], AL-RA, Feb. 2, 2010, available at