This web site deals exclusively with child abduction and relocation to and from Israel. It is an off-shoot of our legal practice's main web site, 'Family Law in Israel' . It has been written and launched in response to the growing number of enquiries received from parents in various countries . Where at least one parent has either Israeli citizenship or residency, and there is no mutual consent between the mother and father about moving to or from Israel with their children, then legal problems can arise. Issues of child abduction or relocation may be involved. This website, coupled with the section on child abduction in our original one, and on our 'Family Law in Israel Forum should assist parents in search of clear, up-to-date information on the subject.

Founded in 1989, our multilingual practice works exclusively in family law and specializes in cases with an international dimension. Our lawyers speak Hebrew , English and French at mother tongue level . We believe that good communication between lawyer and client  is essential to effective representation in international family law disputes. A significant proportion of our clients are non-Israeli and  live overseas.

We hope you find our web site helpful and user-friendly. As a free service, anonymous questions can be sent to the Question Forum. They will be answered selectively, at the editor’s discretion. Answers to questions chosen will appear on the web site.

Please note, however, that answers provided are not a substitute for individual legal counselling, which is available for payment.

We welcome feedback via the Contact Us link , through which legal counselling can also be arranged.

Amihoud Borochov Law Office.

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Chief Editor –
Amihoud Borochov, adv.

Co-writers and Editors –
Prof. Dr. Susan Maidment Kershner, adv, barrister.
Louise Elizabeth Borochov, adv.

Latest Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does a left-behind parent in Russia have a chance of getting a child abducted to Israel sent home- has an Israeli court actually made such an order?
  2. What can I do to get my child back to Israel from Russia, where my wife,who was born and raised there, flew with my child recently, without my knowledge, and refuses to return ? We have spent all our married life in Israel,and our child was born here. and
  3. I am concerned that my wife might suddenly move back to the States with our US-born child, without my consent, although we are both “immigrants” to Israel, on a trial “Aliyah” in Israel, from the U.S.A. If she does, and I am forced to bring Hague Convent
  4. Is there any chance of a getting a child abducted to Israel within a gay relationship back to his home country, if he has been removed by the biological parent?
  5. My wife,a filipino, travelled to the Philippines with our young child, to visit her family there. They have not returned to Israel,where we live. What are my options? My wife and child are both dual citizens.
  6. My "ex" (the father of my children) lives in Israel and wants them to visit him there. I am afraid he might not return them to the UK, where they live with me,according to a residency order. Are there solutions to this?
  7. My girlfriend and I were travelling on holiday in the Far East with our young child when our relationship broke down. She is holding our two year old daughter, in Singapore, and won't return her to Israel. What can I do?
  8. I am a divorced mother wishing to relocate overseas with the kids, who are in my custody. Will I be "stuck" with rabbinical court (where I divorced several years ago ) for the new, relocation proceedings,or can they be filed at the family court?
  9. My children we ordered back to Israel under the Hague Convention. Does that mean there is absolutely no hope of them relocating legally to me, their mother, to my 'home country'?
  10. My wife and children were supposed to return from a visit to her family in Israel before the Passover holiday but they haven't come home. She texted me a whatsapp message to say they are staying in Israel and everything is over. I am devasted. Our whol

Hague Convention Countries

The “Hague” countries that are bound by the Convention in relation to abductions to and from Israel are:

Andorra | Argentina | Australia | Austria | The Bahamas | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Burkina Faso | Canada | Cayman Islands | Chile | China | (Hong Kong & Macau) | Colombia | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Falkland Islands | Fiji | Finland | France | Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Honduras | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macedonia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco | Moldova | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Norway | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | St Kitts and Nevis | Serbia and Montenegro  | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Turkmenistan | United Kingdom | United States of America | Ukraine | Uruguay | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Zimbabwe

New countries may join the Convention in the future so that it applies to abductions between them and Israel, if Israel accepts their accession.