According to Jewish Law a women can be set free of marriage under two conditions; either when her husband dies or via divorce which her husband must grant her.
In both circumstances, for the woman to be granted official freedom to remarry, certain requirements must be met. In the case of widowhood, the husbands demise must be verifiable. Assumption of death is not sufficient. While in the case of divorce, it must be granted by the husband of his own free will.
Talmudic sages have interpreted and elaborated on this biblical law and qualified certain requirements to insure validity and adherence.
When a man takes a wife and marries her, if she finds no favor in his eyes because of ervat davar (some fault or indecency) and he writes her a bill of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out of his house. (Deuteronomy 24:1)
Based on this biblical passage, Talmudic sages have set specific formal requirements for the Get to be valid
Though the woman is free to marry as soon as she receives the Get, she may not remarry before the expiration of ninety days from when the Bill of Divorce was issued to her. The reason for the delay is so that it would be possible to ascertain if the woman was pregnant and thus establish the paternity of the child. The rabbis required the woman to wait this period of time even if there was absolutely no suspicion of pregnancy in order to maintain uniformity in the law. If the woman is visibly pregnant when she receives her Get, she must wait until 24 months after the birth of her child. However, if the child dies she is allowed to remarry immediately.
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