Reform Judaism accepts the civil divorce alone as dissolution of a Jewish marriage. The Reform movement in 1869 decided to recognize the validity of the civil divorce as a means of equalizing what they considered the power imbalance between husband and wife. Under Jewish law a husband must grant his wife a Get or bill of divorce, thereby binding the wife to an unwanted marriage should the husband refuse to issue the Get. In addition, Samuel Atlas a Talmudist at Hebrew Union College determined that the civil divorce is valid under the Jewish legal principle of Dina Demalchuta Dina,(the law of the land where a person resides is the binding law in civil matters).
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