Wife seeks divorce from husband with ‘phobia’

Takes him to court after learning of his marriage

A Saudi woman took her husband to court after learning he married again, telling the judge she wanted to split because her husband is suffering from a type of phobia.

The woman in the Red Sea port of Jeddah told court that she decided to seek divorce not because of her husband’s second marriage but because of his illness.

“She said that she had waited 13 years of their marriage but did not think of leaving her husband only after learning that his illness is dangerous and affects their marital life,” the Arabic language daily Sada said.

It quoted the husband as saying his illness has no impact on their marriage as they have three healthy children.

The court decided to refer the case to a government family committee to reconcile the couple, the paper said without specifying the man’s illness.