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Home / I am a British Jew, and my wife, who is also Jewish, has both UK and Israeli nationality. We are in the middle of custody and separation proceedings in the UK. She wants custody and permission to raise the children in Israel, where she was brought up and has family. She has “offered” visitation arrangements in Israel, and a yearly visit of the children to the UK each summer. I am worried that how such arrangements, if ordered by the court in the UK, would be honoured and even enforced once she arrived in Israel. How can a court in the UK , which is about to decide on whether to grant a mother permission to relocate to Israel with young children, know about the legal position there l regarding the honouring and enforcements of custody and visitation arrangements ?

I am a British Jew, and my wife, who is also Jewish, has both UK and Israeli nationality. We are in the middle of custody and separation proceedings in the UK. She wants custody and permission to raise the children in Israel, where she was brought up and has family. She has “offered” visitation arrangements in Israel, and a yearly visit of the children to the UK each summer. I am worried that how such arrangements, if ordered by the court in the UK, would be honoured and even enforced once she arrived in Israel. How can a court in the UK , which is about to decide on whether to grant a mother permission to relocate to Israel with young children, know about the legal position there l regarding the honouring and enforcements of custody and visitation arrangements ?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 06 June, 2022

Via a legal opinion of an Israeli family law specialist on this which could be presented as evidence in proceedings. One possibility is for the court dealing with the UK proceedings to appoint an expert or for it to order a party to present a legal opinion on the subject.


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