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Devorah went to court to prove she was married to Steven—so she could divorce him. Without a marriage, there could be no divorce. And without divorce, there could be no forced sharing of property acquired during the marriage or spousal support. But standing in Devorah’s way was the unorthodox way in which she and Steven, both orthodox Jews, conducted their relationship.

The legal question for the court in Devorah H. v. Steven S. was this: Is the couple legally married despite their failure to obtain a marriage license?



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