Can an Israeli court order a trial relocation within proceedings filed by a parent – before making a final judgment?

Yes! For example, Jerusalem Family Court did so in January 2018, when it gave a decision on a temporary move of a teenager from her mother’s custody in Israel, to her father’s custody in New Zealand, following the recommendations of a neutral court-appointed expert and a preliminary hearing afterwards, at which understandings were reached between the parties. Later on, following a supplementary report by the same expert ( clinical psychologist), which confirmed the success of the trial move, and the filing of written summations, the court passed judgment in February 2019, accepting the father’s pleas for custody and relocation, and setting out contact arrangements. The father was represented by our law offices.