An Australian national living in Israel has said he faces an 8,000-year travel ban unless he pays Â£ 1.8million in child support.
Noam Huppert, a 44-year-old analytical chemist working for a pharmaceutical company, is not allowed to leave Israel until December 31, 9999 due to a 2013 âstay of exitâ order issued after a case before the family court was brought by her ex. spouse, according to news.com.au.
The court ruled that Huppert had to pay 5,000 shekels (Â£ 1,200) a month for each of his two children until they were 18. It was not immediately clear whether Huppert had made any payments to date or whether he needed to pay the full amount up front in order to lift the stay-on-out order. It seems that the year 9999 was arbitrarily set because it was the highest possible date allowed by the online system. The Guardian has contacted Huppert for more information.
Huppert’s ex-wife, an Israeli national, returned to the country in 2011, when their children were three months and five years old. He followed up in 2012 and says he hasn’t been able to leave for any reason – including work – in the eight years since the court ruling.
“Since 2013, I have been locked up in Israel,” Huppert told news.com.au, adding that he was one of many foreign nationals “persecuted by the Israeli” justice “system only because they were married. to Israeli women âand that he was speaking outâ to help others who might undergo this experience which is literally putting their lives in danger â.
Israeli family law has been frequently criticized for its discrimination against women. In 2018, the Ministry of Finance found that 43% of divorced fathers refused to pay child support to their ex-spouse, and single mothers who depend on the state for funds because the fathers of their children do not pay were affected by budget cuts this summer thanks to budget conflicts.
A 2017 Supreme Court ruling, however, ruled that fathers should no longer be solely responsible for child support, especially in cases where their ex-wives earn more money than they do.
“Truth be told, the heart of family law in Israel – marriage and divorce laws – is characterized by a lack of equality between men and women,” Judge Noam Solberg said at the time. âDespite this, there is no justification for an unequal distribution of child support payments.â
In its travel advice to Israel, the US State Department includes a warning to citizens that Israel’s civil and religious courts “are actively exercising their authority to prohibit certain people, including non-residents, from leaving the country. until debts or other legal claims against them are resolved “.