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  5/29/2012, Sivan 8, 5772

MK: "Divorced Fathers More Than an ATM Machine"


Member of Knesset Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich (Kadima Party) argued against the Tender Years Clause at a Bar Association Conference last week. The Tender Years Clause stipulates that in the event of divorce, all children under six years old will automatically live with the mother. In an announcement on her Facebook page MK Shamalov-Berkovich stated, "this presumption does not consider the child's best interests. Custody is the right of both parents."

She continued that divorce is a "weapon used by mothers and as a financial tool to improve their economic status... [we must] cancel the presumption that a mother is only a housewife and a father is only an ATM machine," MK Shamalov-Berkovich wrote. In 2011 the United Nations' Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights called upon Israel to cancel the Tender Years Clause.

MK Shamalov-Berkovich is married with two children. She has been in the Knesset since 2009.