My ‘ex’ deliberately avoids paying child maintenance directly into my bank account as the judgment authorising our maintenance payment orders him to do. I have given my bank details to his lawyer but he continues to give the children several hundred shekels on each visit and buy them things like shoes or clothes they say they need, rather than paying properly. What should I do ?
By: דיאנה שאלתיאל•Published on: 17 May, 2022
Any ‘handouts’ made outside the formal maintenance arrangements in a divorce agreement/judgment are considered to be voluntary and do not count as maintenance. Accordingly, a mother of minor children who is supposed to receive maintenance for them in her bank account – but does not get it there in a consistent manner – is entitled to open a file at the bailiff’s office. She should also make a note of sums given by the father so that these can be deducted from the‘debt’ he owes.