Jordan approves new family law

October 20, 2010 11:14

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's King Abdullah II has approved a new family law that activists say grants women more rights but falls far short of equal status.

The new bill establishes an alimony fund for divorced women and their children and stipulates a three-month waiting period before female heirs may sign away their inheritance rights.It also allows mothers to retain custody of their children until they turn 18, up from the current age of 12.

But Asma Khader of the Jordanian National Commission for Women said Wednesday the law fails to recognize joint guardianship for children and shared ownership of property.

Others activists call for further restrictions on polygamy. They cite complaints of men taking a second wife without his first wife's knowledge and stopping financial support to the children.

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