If your child’s father files for custody in Israel, and the centre of all your lives , especially the child’s ,is outside Israel, then you can apply to have the Israeli proceedings thrown out at the outset, for lack of international jurisdiction, and inappropriate forum. If your child was born abroad, and has not grown up or been educated in Israel, then the court will most probably accept your claim.
It is also possible that the court itself will suggest or even recommend that the plaintiff parent withdraw the claim, at the first preliminary court hearing, if it considers it lacks international jurisdiction. In November 2014, at a preliminary hearing, Tel Aviv Family Court recommended that the Plaintiff father withdraw custody proceedings he had filed, in custody proceedings between an Israeli couple (File 25739-07-14). Counsel for the father agreed to withdraw the suit, and agreed that the U.S.A court had jurisdiction over child custody, after receiving the written response of the defendant mother (represented by our law practice), who had already initiated custody proceedings in Washington,where the child attended school. Neither party attended, but both were represented by Israeli counsel.