Islam: marriage and divorce
Divorce [Divorce: The legal ending of a marriage before the death of a spouse. ] is allowed in Islam, although it is regarded as a last resort.
Muslims accept that sometimes marriages break down. As a legal contract between two people it can be ended. This is done if the marriage brings unhappiness to the couple and to their children and relatives.
A man cannot seek a divorce from his wife until it is certain that she is not pregnant, as he might then change his mind. During a period of three months (called iddah) reconciliation should be attempted. If reconciliation doesn't work then divorce can take place.
A man and a woman can remarry twice, but after a third divorce remarriage to each other cannot take place unless the woman has been married to another man in the meantime.
A woman can also obtain a divorce, either by an agreement with her husband or because of his treatment of her.
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