Yes. The question is not if the Church allows divorce, but if it allows remarriage.
Divorce is permitted in the Orthodox Church for various reasons. The more usual divorce occurs under the pastoral guidance of the spiritual director of the spouses when all attempts at salvaging a marriage have been exhausted. In such cases, remarriage may be possible but there is a special rite for a second marriage which contains a penitential element for the dissolution of the first, i.e. some of the more joyful aspects are removed. Marriage is permitted up to three times in Orthodoxy but each divorce necessitates a short period of excommunication. The Orthodox Church, as the saying goes, "blesses the first marriage, performs the second, tolerates the third, and forbids the fourth".
Another type of divorce is what is known as an "ecclesiastical divorce", which does not signify the breakdown of the relationship but is a step taken for the sake of the theosis of the spouses and with the full support and blessing of the Church. This type of divorce may only take place where there is mutual agreement between the two spouses, and is usually carried out in cases where the husband is selected to be consecrated a bishop (as Orthodox bishops are monastic) or where one or both spouses wish to otherwise adopt the monastic lifestyle
Why would Orthodox Church permit the divorce ?
Why do Orthodox Christians allow to divorce and marry for up to three times?
Does the bible prohibit the divorce ?
The Orthodox Church does not allow divorce. Basically the Church doesn't allow sin, but man sins anyway. And when man sins, the Church then finds a way to get man back on the right path to God. So when divorce happens, it happens. It is a sin that needs to be dealt with. And if it is spiritually more advantageous to let the person remarry rather than force them to remain unmarried and yet they would fornicate/commit adultery, then through ekonomia they are allowed to remarry. This is not a blanket privilege, rather a case-to-case granting of mercy.
Isa, I've asked this before out of curiosity and I don't think I received an answer as I am struck with the same question again at the moment.
How to formulate it this time?
Are these marriages strictly those which occur within the Church or in a Christian body much like how Baptism is recognized by Bishops when it is done in a Trinitarian manner in another body professing to be Christian?
Or to put it more simply, lets take the absurd case:
Say someone enjoys getting married every year in a purely secular sense to then divorce the next month to be able to marry again the next year.
Would those numerous marriages been seen as marriage within the Church, if they were to later convert?
Hate to get all Westerny, but where does the Church draw the line on marriage outside the Church?