if a married woman claims to have committed adultery, but there is no other corroborating evidence (witnesses) is she believed by beit din such that the husband is now forbidden to sleep with her?

  • See the last Mishna in Nedarim
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 2:46

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If there is no outside reason to believe her (eg witnesses), we do not believe her.

Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 115:6:

אֵין עֵדִים שֶׁזִּנְּתָה, אֶלָּא שֶׁהִיא אוֹמֶרֶת שֶׁזִּנְּתָה, אֵין חוֹשְׁשִׁין לְדָבָר זֶה לְאָסְרָהּ, דְּשֶׁמָּא עֵינֶיהָ נָתְנָה בְּאַחֵר, וְדַוְקָא שֶׁאֵין רַגְלַיִם לַדָּבָר, אֲבָל אִם יֵשׁ רַגְלַיִם לַדָּבָר נֶאֱמֶנֶת (פִּסְקֵי מהרא''י סִימָן רכ''ב

If there are no witnesses that she committed adultery, but rather she herself says she has committed adultery, we are not concerned about this matter to forbid her [from her husband], as perhaps she [merely] set her eyes upon another. (Rema: This is only if there is no reason to believe her, but if there is reason to believe her, she is trusted (Decisions of Mahara"i #222)).

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    I think a disclaimer quoting the words a bit later are in order וְאִם הָיָה מַאֲמִינָהּ וְדַעְתּוֹ סוֹמֶכֶת עַל דְּבָרֶיהָ, הֲרֵי זֶה חַיָּב לְהוֹצִיאָהּ, אֲבָל אֵין כּוֹפִין אוֹתוֹ לְהוֹצִיאָהּ
    – user6591
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 22:32

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