I know that someone is considered a zona if they have had forbidden relations including with non-Jews and those in their family but what if this were found to happen whilst they are already married so do they have to get divorced?

  • You include two questions, Wife and Cohen Wife. Cohen wife has two problems. EG in a case of rape, when an Israel wife isn't prohibited, a Cohen wife is. For a Cohen, there is a prohibition called Zona. A forbided relationship or a relationship with a Pasul, even if permitted makes her a Zona.
    – kouty
    Sep 5, 2022 at 13:02
  • אשת כהן שבויה אסורה לבעלה
    – kouty
    Sep 5, 2022 at 13:18
  • Welcome to Mi Yodeya. Always ask a rabbi about practical cases, but as a general rule, even if it was before they were married they would have to get divorced.
    – N.T.
    Sep 6, 2022 at 1:54

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We'll add sources later, but the answer is certainly yes. Any married Jewish woman who willingly sleeps with another man (Jewish or otherwise) needs to get divorced, and a kohen's wife has to do so even if she's raped, God forbid.

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