Jewish businessman claims divorce  ruling traps him in marriage because it contradicts

Caroline Moher, 46, says her husband should grant her the religious divorce because it would immediately end the financial payments, thus making it valid  Credit:Champion News /Champion News  He told Mr Moher that the marriage – and his obligation to pay maintenance – would end in a “clean break” as soon as he presented the get to his ex. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The text of the get states “You are hereby permitted to all men”, which means that the woman is no longer married and that the laws of adultery no longer apply. It also returns to the wife the legal rights that a husband holds in regard to her in a Jewish marriage.Mr Moher is now fighting to get the financial orders overturned through an appeal He is also complaining that his wife’s lump sum payout was “unfair” sayingit represented 85 per cent of the family’s known wealth.Meanwhile, lawyers for his wife say the £1.6 million payout was fair because herhusband had “failed to provide adequate disclosure” of his finances.They insist there is “no good reason for the husband to withhold the get” and that any problems in relation to the religious divorce are “of the husband’s own making”.The couple, who wed in 1995 and have three children, split up in 2016 after 21 years together and have since been waging a “very acrimonious” fight over money.Mrs Moher, used £750,000 of the lump sum to move to London and buy a mortgage-free house.Judge Bernard Wallwork, made the financial orders at the Family Court in Manchester, in November. Caroline Moher, 46, says her husband should grant her the religious divorce because it would immediately end the financial payments, thus making it valid   However Brent Molyneux QC, for Mr Moher, told the Appeal Court that the wording of Judge Wallwork’s order means any get presented by the husband would not be accepted as valid by the Jewish religious authorities, leaving him in a no-win situation.”The imposition of a financial sanction on a party, in a bid to force them to grant a get, invalidates the get under religious law,” he said.He added that Mr Moher was receiving a “financial penalty” while his wife received “financial benefit” by virtue of their religious beliefs.However, Sally Harrison QC, for Mrs Moher, denied the claims and said that “here was no good reason for the husband to withhold the get”. “Any difficulty would be of the husband’s own making,” she added.Appeal judges, Lady Justice King, Lady Justice Rose and Lord Justice Moylan reserved their decision on the case at the end of a day-long hearing. It will now be delivered at a later date, yet to be set. A Jewish businessman has criticised the Family Court for putting him in a Catch-22 situation over a divorce ruling which allegedly traps him between family law and religious law.Alan Moher, 54, was ordered to hand over a £1.6million lump sum to his wife Caroline, 46, by the Family Court and told he must also pay her £1,850 per month in maintenance payments until he grants her a ‘get’ – a document that officially ends a marriage under Jewish law.However Mr Moher, of Salford, Greater Manchester, claims that a get is only valid if it is granted ‘freely’, while he is being put under pressure to provide it by the continuing maintenance paymentsAppealing the ruling which was made in November last year, Mr Moher says that the maintenance order has placed him in a Catch-22 situation whereby he is prevented from giving her a valid religious divorce and will remain trapped and paying maintenance to her indefinitely.A get is a divorce document which, under Jewish law, a husband must present to his wife to officially end their marriage. read more