Does the Bible permit divorce?
The Bible does permit divorce. However, Jesus identified only one acceptable reason to end a marriage, stating: “Whoever divorces his wife, (or wife divorces her husband) except on the ground of fornication sex outside of the marriage, and marries another commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9.
At the same time, the Bible allows for divorce and remarriage on one ground, sexual relations outside the marriage.
(Matthew 19:9) And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife or husband except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Therefore, if you learn that your mate has been unfaithful, you have the right to terminate the marriage.
Today legal divorces are granted on many grounds. In the eyes of the government, once such a divorce becomes final the two persons are “single” again.
So if a government grants a legal divorce when no Scriptural basis for it exists, and no immorality has since occurred, God still views the two as man and wife.