Saudi Arabian wives can no longer be divorced without their knowledge, after a new law forces courts to notify women by text message of the end of their marriages.
The ruling takes aim at divorces registered at courts by men who have not informed their wives that the union is over. In these cases, often referred to as secret divorces, women often end up missing out on alimony.
A Justice Ministry statement said notifying women of the change to their legal status, the text message system would bring transparency to the proceedings.
Under Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system, women are not able to marry, divorce or travel outside the country without the permission of a male relative.
While a man in Saudi Arabia can quickly and easily divorce his wife by making a verbal statement and getting the divorce verified in court, women seeking the end of a marriage must convince the courts with both a reason and evidence of abuse.