Does Islam recognise the ‘estranged’ wife?
Ive been married for three years and my husband and i really cant get along. I want the marriage to work out, i want my son to have a home and a dad, however, i can not tolerate his verbal abuse any longer ( he believes he is merely ‘reacting’ to my bad behaviour and insists that i should ‘come right’. thus he sees himself as justified to talk and name call and demean, insult and yell at me). We’ve been to a counsellor to no avail. If the marriage doesnt work out after all does Islam allow for me to live as an estranged wife instead of going the route of the ugly ‘d’ word? I need to know what are my duties, obligations and rights ( considering the estranged wife is acceptable and recognised.) If so, what happens to my 2yr old child? Is there any sin involved from remaining aloof from my husband (as in the case of an estranged wife)? Im shattered and confused and seek guidance in the light of Quraan and sunah