Saudi women to be notified of divorce by text message
A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge.
Starting from January 6, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces.
Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret divorces - cases where men end a marriage without telling their wives.
The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony, BBC reported.
The new step is said to be part of economic and social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, such as allowing women to attend football matches and work in jobs traditionally reserved for men.