I have sole legal and physical custody of my child, under a final U.S. court order, but am worried that if our young son comes to Israel, where his dad lives, to visit him, he will try and prevent him leaving. What can I do to prevent this?


Make sure a “Mirror Order” of the final American custody judgment is obtained in Israel, in judicial process, before the child sets foot on Israeli soil. This will mean that the US order is fully recognized in Israel as a binding judgment and can be enforced here, if necessary, following any possible attempt to prevent the child’s return to the United States at the end of visitation.

There are further precautions that can be taken, depending on the circumstances. Our law practice handles such cases.