How to get a Jewish divorce: Deborah Madoff listen up!

Allow me this disclaimer: I am not Jewish and I don’t know anything whatsoever about Judaism and the procedures for Jewish marriages and divorces pursuant to rabbinical laws. This is not what this post is about.
This post is about the New York state laws as they relate to when a Jewish person who was married by a member of the Jewish clergy gets a divorce. There is a special step that has to be taken in such a divorce. And that step, obtaining a “GET” is what differentiates a Jewish divorce from any other divorce in the state of New York. At least legally, if not religiously.
What is a GET? It’s a divorce document that is obtained from one’s rabbi or clergy; it removes any restraint or barrier on re-marriage that was placed on the marriage by the clergy, rabbi or other religious cleric at the time of the marriage. Only a religious or clergy member as specified in the Domestic Relations Laws can give a Jewish plaintiff who seeks a civil divorce a “GET”.
Sometimes, Jewish individuals may enter into a pre-marriage contract called a “Ketubah.” In Avitzur v. Avitzur,the Court of Appeals of New York held that “courts may enforce the secular provisions of a “ketubah,” a Jewish marriage contract, executed by the parties as part of a religious ceremony, as long as its enforcement does not violate the law or public policy of the state.”
So, again, any Jewish person whose marriage was solemnized pursuant to the ecclesiastical, rabbinical or “religious” ritual of Judaism, would have to have those barriers removed by their clergy in order to get a civil divorce, and obtain equitable distribution, in New York State. So, no “GET”, and you don’t get any of the assets or other equitable distribution in the marriage. And, certainly, no divorce if you don’t give your estranged spouse the GET.
In the Verified complaint, a Jewish plaintiff would have to swear under oath that he or she will or has “to the best of his or her knowledge, taken or will take, prior to entry of the final judgment, all steps solely within the plaintiff’s power to remove any barriers to the defendant’s remarriage following the annulment or divorce; or (2) that the defendant has waived these requirements in writing.”
In the case Schwartz v. Schwartz, 153 Misc. 2d 789 N.Y.S. 2d 716 (Sup 1992)the court found that “a spouse seeking a civil divorce must remove any barriers to the remarriage of the other spouse; thus, a Jewish male plaintiff must give a “GET” (document of divorce) if ordered to by the Beth Din (religious tribunal), or voluntarily give a “GET” without a hearing before the Beth Din (religious tribunal), and he will be denied a civil divorce if he refuses to comply.” So, let’s say you are Debbie [Deborah] Madoff. If you were married by a member of the Jewish clergy, then you have to obtain a GET so that Andrew can remarry if he wants. And by the looks of his new girl, Catherine, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is something in the cards sometime in the future.
Other than giving/getting a GET, a Jewish divorce is the same as any other divorce pursuant to the civil laws of New York State.