Legal Information: Religious

Jewish Get Law (Divorce Law)

Updated : 
March 12, 2010

Who is eligible to receive a “get”?

Any Jewish person who has been married to another Jew is eligible to receive a get. If you are a Jewish person who was married under civil law (by a justice of the peace) or by a clergyperson of another religion (for example, in a Unitarian, Episcopal, Methodist, Baha’i, Buddhist, or Hindu ceremony) you are still eligible to receive a get if your former spouse was Jewish by birth. This is because halacha accepts a marriage as valid once it has been performed, even if it was made without signing a ketubah.

If you are a Jewish woman whose former husband was not Jewish, you are not eligible to receive a get and do not need one to be considered divorced.