Child Support and Alimony

Child Support

Child Support is a dynamic area in which case law changes rapidly , and due to the fact that it is legal to file for a change in child support even after it has been set by the court,  one must keep up to date with the ever changing case law to ensure that the Child Support  one pays/receives is still relevant.

On July 19, 17, the law of food aid in Israel came to an end, with the publication of the judgment given (consolidated) in Ba’am-Din 919/15 and 1709/15 . The binding case law given by the Israeli Supreme court that was given  changed the rules of the game and determined that from the age of 6, parents will pay Child Support  according to the amount of time they spend with their children and the difference of  income between both parents. This ruling further polarized the parties that disagreed on the issue of custody, since this issue was now over-weighted with regard to the economic implications of the divorce on each side.

It is important to know that the Supreme Court ruling is not uniformly enforced in the Family Courts in Israel, and from time to time we see different interpretations of this case law, all the more so when the case is tried   at the rabbinical court.

It is advised to consult a lawyer who is knowledgeable about family law in Israel and is constantly updated on case law, since the specific circumstances of each family and the manner in which they are presented are of crucial importance in reaching the desired legal outcome.

Alimony

For the most part, a woman (Jewish woman) is entitled to her support from her husband (if he is also Jewish) by virtue of the personal law applicable to them – that is, the husband is obliged to bear the wife’s alimony as long as they are married, and the payment is calculated according to  The woman’s income and the standard of living that the woman was accustomed to during the  marriage.

If at all, and if so how much Alimony will be paid , depends heavily on  the identity of the court that hears the case (Family Court or Rabbinical Court).

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