Israel: Reporters Jailed for Telling Truth About Social Workers in Family Courts

August 24, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve said before that, however awful family courts are for fathers and children in the U.S., we can’t hold a candle to the ones in Israel. Things U.S. fathers take for granted would seem godsends to Israeli dads. The fact that the system is governed by the Tender Years Doctrine under which mothers automatically get sole custody of any child under the age of seven is one obvious outrage. Another is that fathers ordered to pay child support can’t leave the country without posting a bond in the amount of the entire obligation. So if there are 10 years left to pay and the monthly child support amount is the Israeli equivalent of $500, then the amount of the bond is $60,000. Needless to say, many fathers can’t afford that.

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