How does an Israeli court check to see whether a child has been ‘brainwashed’ by the abducting parent when hearing the minor’s own views on whether he should be ordered to return abroad following Hague Convention Proceedings by the other parent ?By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 30 May, 2022
According to a judgment by Haifa Family Court it should first establish whether the child has sufficient understanding and maturity to have his wishes taken into consideration in the first place. Part of this will be to see whether he can separate his needs and wishes from those of the abducting parent . If he can clearly differentiate between the two then this is a sign that he has his own opinions and has not been brainwashed. It can establish this from first-hand impressions gained from conversation with the minor in chambers, and/or from reports from professionals .