Divorce in Israel involves several crucial factors that must be addressed. These include child custody, child support, division of assets and debts, and the Jewish writ of divorce (Get). Understanding these elements and the court systems involved is essential for a successful divorce process.
Child Custody and Visitation: Determining child custody and visitation schedules is a key aspect of divorce with children. Israeli courts decide who will have custody and establish visitation arrangements to prioritize the children’s best interests and maintain a meaningful relationship with both parents.
Child Support: Child support is an important financial consideration when one parent obtains custody. The court determines the monthly amount the non-custodial parent must provide to support the children’s well-being and upbringing.
Division of Assets and Debts: Dividing assets and debts acquired during the marriage is a crucial part of divorce. Israeli courts ensure a fair distribution of property and debts, considering the couple’s financial situation.
The Jewish Writ of Divorce (Get): For Jewish couples in Israel, obtaining a Get is a necessary step to legally end the marriage according to Jewish law. Regardless of the type of marriage ceremony, a Get must be obtained in the Rabbinic court for a complete divorce in Israel.
Court Systems and Jurisdiction: Israel has two court systems handling divorce cases: the secular Family court and the religious Rabbinic court. The Family court addresses child support, custody, and division of assets and debts, while the Rabbinic court has exclusive authority over issuing the Get.
Understanding the Race for Jurisdiction: The “race for jurisdiction” refers to filing divorce-related suits before one’s spouse to determine which court will handle specific issues. Recent laws introduced mandatory mediation, but the race for jurisdiction remains if mediation fails.
A basic understanding of child custody, child support, division of assets and debts, and the Jewish writ of divorce is crucial when navigating divorce in Israel. Familiarize yourself with these factors and seek legal guidance for a smooth and fair resolution.
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