A divorced father who learns Torah full-time is not eligible to pay lower child support due to his low monthly income, a family court in Ashdod has ruled. According to the ruling the father is obligated to take paying work to help support his child.
“If the respondent would work to support his family, there is reason to believe he would continue to set aside time for Torah study, as many do… Because he is a young man, healthy, and skilled… he could earn at least minimum wage, which is currently 4,300 shekels a month,” the judge wrote. With that sum, she said, he could meet his child support payments, and thus there is no reason to reduce his obligation.
The judge noted that many women support their husbands’ full-time learning, but added, “That is solely on a volunteer basis” and does not negate the husbands’ obligation to support their children.