A wife asking for divorce for no valid reason

Question 13: What is the ruling on a wife asking her husband to divorce her for no reason? She is a second wife, and she lives in an separate apartment where no one annoys her. She is now pregnant in her fifth month. Is it permissible to divorce her? Since it is she who asked for divorce, would she be entitled to her monetary rights?

Answer: It is permissible to divorce a pregnant woman. As for a woman asking for divorce without a reason, it is forbidden. In the Hadith reported on the authority of Thawbaan (may Allaah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If any woman asks her husband for divorce without a strong reason, the odor of Paradise will be forbidden to her. (Recorded by Aboo Daawood and Al-Tirmidee) As for alimony, it should be based on the court’s decision, in case you don’t reach mutual consent… read more here.