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Religious Divorce, Removal of Barriers Laws and its Impact on Religions in an Ethnically Diverse New Jersey

Religious Divorce, Removal of Barriers Laws and its Impact on Religions in an Ethnically Diverse New Jersey
BY ROBERT KORNITZER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A majority of New Jersey residents identify with a religion. For the religiously devout, a secular divorce can present a problem when an individual wants to thereafter remarry within their faith. Remarriage may not be simply a civil matter, but one with significant religious implications and obstacles. By way of context, many are now familiar with the recent trial in New Jersey of several NY/NJ rabbis who were ultimately convicted on charges of kidnapping and torturing Orthodox Jewish husbands who had refused to sign a Get (religious divorce decree). The rabbis sought to compel these reticent husbands to “voluntarily” give the Get, which would allow their former wives to remarry in the faith. Without the document, the women were deemed “agunah”, which is defined as chained women who are stuck in a dead marriage. The heavy handed tactics used by the rabbis evolved in the wake of a small percentage of Jewish husbands using the lopsided power inherent in the Get process to a) deny the wife the opportunity to move on with her life and b) often extort more favorable financial and custodial divorce settlement terms.

New Jersey courts have most recently found that ordering production of a Get stands in conflict with First Amendment principles, and, thus, cannot be compelled. Other states have found the acquisition of the Get to be a non-religious act, thus avoiding issues of First Amendment violations, and have compelled its production.

 

Zombies Could Lose Right to Drive in New Jersey

Zombies Could Lose Right to Drive in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In recent years, the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park has been setting world records for the largest gathering of zombies.

But unfortunately, that hasn’t been keepi...

Harvard bad boy banned from school

Harvard bad boy banned from school
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Lodi High School senior Devan Solanki will be attending Harvard in the fall. But school officials say the class valedictorian won’t be speaking at Lodi’s graduation nex...

LGBT Kids, Cyber Bullying, and Teenage Suicide: Tyler Clementi’s Parents Speak Out on CBS Sunday Morning

LGBT Kids, Cyber Bullying, and Teenage Suicide: Tyler Clementi’s Parents Speak Out on CBS Sunday Morning
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“I don’t know what ‘healed’ will be like. I don’t even know that there’s a word for healing. I think it’s learning to live through the pain,” admits Ja...

Earth Day Celebration Airing on Pivot

Earth Day Celebration Airing on Pivot
BY CAITLIN BURLA
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Today, April 22nd, Pivot will air a 24-hour “Earth Day” marathon of environmentally focused programs about our precious planet. Starting at 6:00am ET, t...

FBI Most Wanted: Mark Himebaugh Then and Now

FBI Most Wanted: Mark Himebaugh Then and Now
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Back in 1991, 11-tear old Del Haven boy Mark Himebaugh left his home to watch firefighters extinguish a small brush fire. He never returned.

Thirty-four years later, new...

Sexting an Issue at Some NJ Schools

Sexting an Issue at Some NJ Schools
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An investigation at two Cape May schools has led to a series of invasion of privacy charges.

After an initial alert, investigators uncovered cases of “sexting” at Lower ...

Does New Jersey Have the Death Penalty?

Does New Jersey Have the Death Penalty?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey residents are pretty clear on how they feel about Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev receiving the death penalty for his crimes.

According to a recent p...

New Jersey Has Own List of Prison Escapees Still on the Loose

New Jersey Has Own List of Prison Escapees Still on the Loose
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The two men who escaped from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility by cutting through walls and pipes are still at large.

Those men are far from the only inmates that...

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