How can a mother living in Israel take legal action to get child maintenance from the father, if he lives abroad permanently at a known address , and does not understand Hebrew ?
By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 03 May, 2022
A minor child has a right to maintenance from his biological father even if he lives abroad permanently, and is not a citizen or resident of Israel . His mother , who is his natural guardian, can file the plea on his behalf, in Israel, at the family court . When the plea is made application must also be made and obtained for the plea to be served (delivered) overseas. Once the court gives permission for service overseas, then it gains jurisdiction in relation to the defendant abroad and allows it to hear the case in Israel. If the father does not know Hebrew then there is a legal obligation to provide him with a properly authorised translation of the documents – from Hebrew into a language he understands.