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Home / I have filed a plea for child maintenance for our young children against my husband. In his defence pleadings he claims he only earns about 3,000 shekels. When looking through his papers I saw that he has other legal proceedings where he claimed his income was much more. I do not go out to work but stay home to look after the children. Can this help me get more maintenance for them?

I have filed a plea for child maintenance for our young children against my husband. In his defence pleadings he claims he only earns about 3,000 shekels. When looking through his papers I saw that he has other legal proceedings where he claimed his income was much more. I do not go out to work but stay home to look after the children. Can this help me get more maintenance for them?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 13 May, 2022

Yes – when the family court sets maintenance and the mother does not work and has no income , the level of the father’s income and his earning potential are important factors, as are the children’s needs. If the mother can prove to the court that the father’s real income or earning potential is actually greater than what he claims in his defence pleadings in the maintenance case – by , for example, supplying a photocopy of other legal proceedings in which he claims he earns more – then this could help persuade the court to award higher maintenance.


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