The Saudi Arabia government has allowed women, whether they are single, windowed or divorced, to live alone without father’s or male guardian’s consent.
The law enables Saudi women to live alone in a separate residence without the permission of their male guardian.
Judicial authorities abolished Article 169, Paragraph B of the Law of Procedures before Sharia Courts, which stipulates that an unmarried, divorced, or widowed adult female must be handed over to her male guardian.
It was replaced by a new legal provision stating, “An adult woman has the right to choose where to live. A woman’s guardian can only report her if he has evidence that she has committed a crime.”
“She will not be handed over to her guardian after the expiry of her term.” the law further stated.
According to lawyer Nayef al-Mansi, the families of the women who chooses to live alone would not be able to file cases against them.