I know where it is written in the Torah that a man needs to write a document for his wife in order to divorce her, but I want to know if there is a thoroughly explained book written on the topic of Aguna laws.

I'm looking for discussions about pressuring recalcitrant husbands to give a get, what kinds of evidence is needed to believe a husband died, ways to annul a marriage retroactively, and what monetary rights a wife has to her recalcitrant husband's property.


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Rabbi Breitowitz's book: Between Civil & Religious Law: The Plight of the Agunah in American Society

And later, Rabbi Broyde's: Marriage, Divorce, and the Abandoned Wife in Jewish Law

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    By the way -- Rabbi Broyde wrote his book in the late 90s, and included something to the effect of "the old-fashioned Agunah -- where the husband disappears at sea and we have little evidence to prove his death -- doesn't happen anymore." Then 9/11 happened and Rabbi Broyde had to pasken a handful of such cases.
    – Shalom
    May 7, 2013 at 14:27

This is a good resource for learning this topic.

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