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Is it lawful to get a marital judgment from a non-Muslim government?
Is it lawful for a wife to accept and seek lawful decisions from the American court system such as spousal support form her husband? (With taking into consideration the fact that seeking help from an oppressive government is rejected in Islam.)
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Referring to judicial arbitrators in non-Muslim and oppressive governments, and requesting their help is not permissible, save in cases where attaining one's right is dependent upon it, and there is no other way. And it is obvious that taking something which is not one's right or something that one has no right to, albeit by means of an Islamic and just government, is neither acceptable, nor is it permissible.[1]

[1] The respected offices of the legal authorities and Grand Ayatollahs, Ayatollah Khamenehie, Ayatollah Makarim Shirazi, and Ayatollah Fazel Lankerani.

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