Across a number of religious and family law perspectives, divorce and the social consequences of it are often debated. Catholicism and Protestantism, for example, do not accept divorce and do not allow remarriage. In Judaism and Hinduism, however, divorce is allowed under certain circumstances.
Protestantism allows remarriage
Despite the fact that divorce and remarriage are both commonplace in American culture, there are many debates over the legality of these practices in the Christian context. The debates are often over what is the best form of divorce and remarriage. Some argue that there is no right or wrong way to divorce, while others advocate a no-fault divorce.
The Roman Catholic Church doesn’t recognize remarriage as a legitimate alternative to a divorce. Instead, the Catholic Church believes that marriage is a sacrament and a channel of grace. While Protestants and Catholics both hold to a Biblical view of marriage, there are differences in how the two churches approach this topic.
In the early Church, the priestly blessing was given on the door of the church, and marriage continued to occur outside of the church. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the Church’s reformers tried to correct these errors, but their efforts were resisted by the clergy because they did not want to give up their wives.
Catholicism disapproves of divorce
Generally speaking, Catholicism does not approve of divorce. However, this does not mean that Catholics are always opposed to cohabitation or remarriage. Many of them believe that both ways are acceptable, depending on the circumstances.
Some religions, such as Judaism, view divorce as a sin. Others, such as Mormonism, disapprove of it. Some conservative Protestant churches, such as the Baptists, strongly oppose it. These Protestants often cite Malachi 2:16 as the reason for their opposition to divorce.
Although some religious communities allow a divorce, remarriage is generally frowned upon. This is because marriage is considered a holy union and divorce is a breach of that union.
Divorce is a violation of natural law and a sin that destroys the covenant of salvation. It is also a very touchy topic, as some people worry that divorce will push them away from their faith. Some worry that divorce will cause their friends to desert them. Regardless of the reasons, a divorce introduces chaos into a family.
Judaism allows divorce
Despite the fact that Jewish divorce is religiously possible, it can be a difficult process for the individual. There are many technicalities to the procedure. The result is that many women remain trapped in their unwanted marriages, also known as agunot.
It is a sad reality that divorce is common today. Many religions do not allow for it. However, in Jewish tradition, it is a necessary step for the couple to remarry.
Divorce is a painful and heartbreaking process. This is particularly true when there is no harmony in the home. It is therefore important to ensure that the process is conducted properly. This is one of the 613 mitzvohs (religious commandments) in the Torah.
A Jewish religious court can compel a husband to grant a divorce when in just cause. The court can impose a number of sanctions on the husband, including revocation of his driver’s license and deprivation of visitation rights.
In order to end a marriage, a couple must obtain a get, which is a hand-written Aramaic text stating the details of the relationship. The get can be refused or withheld by the wife out of spite, but the couple may not remarry without a get. The get is written by a religious scribe and both parties agree to the writing.
Hinduism allows divorce under certain conditions
During the ancient times, women were at the mercy of their husbands. They were bought and sold, forced to work, and abducted. Moreover, the Vedas, which were on record thousands of years ago, did not recognize the right of a woman to divorce.
In the ancient Hindu society, the sage Narada only permitted a divorce when the husband was dead, impotent, or degraded. He also listed specific conditions in which divorce could be granted.
Today, Hindus can legally get a divorce. It is a legal document called “get”. The law book has a list of reasons for which a woman may be given a “get.” These include irreconcilable differences, abuse, infidelity, and childlessness. The husband’s mental instability, physical defects, and absence for more than a year are also grounds for a divorce.
Divorce is still a last resort for many Hindus. They prefer to live separately instead. They are concerned about the stigma that is attached to divorce. The social stigma affects the lives of both the spouse and the children.