Divorce

Divorce is strongly condemned in the Bahá’í Teachings. If, however, antipathy or resentment develop between the marriage partners, divorce is permissible after the lapse of one full year. During this year of patience, the husband is obliged to provide for the financial support of his wife and children, and the couple is urged to strive to reconcile their differences. Shoghi Effendi affirms that both the husband and wife “have equal right to ask for divorce” whenever either partner “feels it absolutely essential to do so”.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 211

If at any time during the waiting period affection should recur, the marriage tie is valid. If this reconciliation is followed by estrangement and divorce is again desired, a new year of waiting will have to be commenced.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 152

Intercourse during this period of waiting is forbidden, and whoever breaks this law must repent and pay the House of Justice 19 mithqals of gold.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 152

Question: Concerning divorce, which must be preceded by a year of patience: if only one of the parties is inclined toward conciliation, what is to be done?

Answer: According to the commandment revealed in the Kitab-i-Aqdas, both parties must be content; unless both are willing, reunion cannot take place.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 118

Question: If, upon completion of the year of patience, the husband refuseth to allow divorce, what course should be adopted by the wife?

Answer: When the period is ended divorce is effected. However, it is necessary that there be witnesses to the beginning and end of this period, so that they can be called upon to give testimony should the need arise.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 128

Should a woman be divorced in consequence of a proven act of infidelity, she shall receive no maintenance during her period of waiting. Thus hath the day-star of Our commandment shone forth resplendent from the firmament of justice.

Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 44