Oman Changes Divorce and Marriage Laws

A new Oman law has granted women the right of divorce and has set the minimum age for marriage at 18. A woman may seek a divorce if her husband is missing for more than a year, jailed for three years or more, or if she is not financially supported in the event of a long separation. The law says that the party seeking divorce would be liable to pay compensation to the spouse. The law establishes that the dowry paid to a woman on marriage is her legal property. Under Islamic law, men are allowed up to four wives. The law provides that the men may bring into the home parents and children of another wife, but cannot bring in the other wife to share the home.


United Press International - June 26, 1997

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