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  6/5/2012, Sivan 15, 5772

Findings Call for Equality for Both Parents in Divorce


A panel discussion on the findings of the Schnitt Commission was held at Netanya Academic College on Sunday. The commission challenged the Tender Years Clause which stipulates that in the event of divorce, all children under six years old will automatically live with the mother. All fathers in the case of separation or divorce are required to pay child support and failure to do so can result in monetary or legal repercussions.

The commission was formed by the Knesset and headed by Professor Dan Schnitt. He recommended abolishing the Tender Years Clause in favor of creating a shared parenting plan that would respect both the custodial and non custodial parent. Featured in the panel were Prof. Avi Sagi-Schwartz of Haifa University's Department of Psychology, Prof. Rachel Levy-Shiff of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Psychology, attorney Yael Gil and Dr. Israel Zvi Gilat of Bar-Ilan University's School of Social Work.