I am getting pressure from my fiance’s family to sign a pre-marital agreement before our wedding but I suspect there is some manipulation going on to protect his interests and money that might be given to him by them in the future. If we don’t make such an agreement, what is the position in Israeli law about money a husband receives from family as a gift?

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Under the 1973 Spouses’ Property Relations’ Law property acquired by a spouse by way of gift or inheritance during the marriage remains personal property and does not enter the common pool of property to be divided between them if their relationship ends.

In other words, Israeli law protects gifts, even during marriage, but if the money is obtained by way of gift (or inheritance) by one spouse, and then deposited in a joint account, it becomes joint property. If the money received as a gift is retained in a private bank account it remains personal property.

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