I’ve never been very sure about what the Qur’an and hadith say about divorce. I know that Muslim men have the unilateral right to divorce their wives. I also know that shari’ah does NOT allow Muslim women to initiate a divorce. Does anyone know what this ruling is based on?
In terms of custody I know that shari’ah does not allow women full custody of their children if the kids are past puberty. I personally find this problematic since I think it should depend more on the nature of the parents rather than a black and white rule for all cases. In 7th century Arabia men were the breadwinners so it makes sense that they would be responsible for the children, but today this is no longer the case.
Any thoughts or info on divorce and custody?