Almost 6 months ago I asked for Khullah. Three months ago my husband signed the divorce papers without reading it through in presence of two witnesses.
One witness was present in the room and the other male witness was present via face-time (video call) clearly seeing and listening to the process. Upon my request my husband signed those papers which was prepared by me. It was one page agreement with title of “separation agreement” and stating that “we are both agreeing to enter in to divorce from this date”.
Before signing these papers my husband was well aware what the contact of this divorce agreement is even though the title says “separation agreement” but the body of agreement talks about divorce clearly.
My Husband now claim that he did not read it through before signing it and that he was forced by me to sign it. However, I would like to mention in those three months before signing this paper him and I had a lot of discussion on this matter in which he clearly knew my intentions and he also wanted to go with this divorce without any force but he always wanted me to take this initiation in front of everyone else.
Even before signing this agreement, my husband start telling his friends and family that we are divorced. Day before signing of this agreement he said he won’t say it verbally because it’s not necessary to say it when you know what you are signing.
After divorced signed, he left to live another state same day and after few days he realized he doesn't want to go with this divorce anymore so now he is insisting that he signed that divorce agreement without reading it and divorce is not valid because he did not say it verbally. I also want to mention that in past 5 years ago he said “I divorce you” twice out of fear and anger but I stopped him before he could say it third time. We stayed apart for a week and discussed and move back together since then he never said verbally these same words.
Now after this agreement signed by him he is reasoning that one of the witness was not present in person but via face-time (Video chat) and that he didn't verbally say that “I divorce you”.
My question is that it has been three and half months since we lived apart, in light of all this, is this divorce valid? Or does he has to say it verbally? Please advise in light of Islamic law.