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Custody of minor children in a rabbinical court’s divorce process

Our office represented a woman in a divorce case. The main point of the dispute between the parties was the custody of two minor children (aged 4-6). Her main concern was that if the father’s claim for joint custody was accepted, then the child support would be stopped (as a result of a new Supreme Court ruling), so actually she won’t be able to continue to sustain and maintain a life standard they were used to giving the children. After we clarified that the plaintiff is a worthy person and there is no reason to prevent from him extensive visitation with his son, we decided to turn to the Rabbinical Court for its decision. And as we expected and thought, his claim was accepted in the court, for according to the Jewish Law, you can’t exempt a father from paying alimony even if there are extensive visitations and extensive stays. This case indicates the need in referring to expertise representation in the field of family laws, because the client was concerned about going to a religious court because of “rumors and stories” she had heard.

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Custody of minor children in a rabbinical court’s divorce process

Ronen Tzvi Simon, Attorney at Law