A report summarizing the activity of rabbinical courts in 2012 reveals a rise in the State of Israel's divorce rates, alongside a slight step up in sanctions against divorce and violent husbands
The figures presented in the report point to a further increase in the number of couples getting divorced in the State of Israel in the past two years from 9,640 couples in 2010 to 10,964 couples in 2012. In the past year alone, Israel's divorce rate went up 5%.
As for the treatment of women whose husbands refuse to grant them a divorce, the courts presented figures pointing to tighter sanctions against divorce recalcitrants. Some 60 sentences issued in 2012, compared to 41 the previous year, include hold-departure orders, suspended driver's licenses and frozen bank accounts.
The courts issued 20 arrest warrants against divorce recalcitrants in 2012, compared to just 13 in 2011. The courts also reported of an increase in the number of restraining orders issued against violent husbands, from 81 in 2011 to 159 in the past year.