Family Law

Family law in Israel is a complex and highly specialized system. Matters of a familial nature are governed here by both civil and religious courts. To marry or divorce, to formalize inheritance rights, one must have a deep understanding of this specificity. However, understanding alone is not sufficient. At times, it’s impossible to navigate without the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. Hence, in Israel, a family lawyer, much like a family doctor, is practically indispensable for every responsible citizen.

Семейного право


Drafting a prenuptial agreement
Drafting a cohabitation agreement (for couples living in a civil union)
Expedited divorce
Property division
Child support collection
Drafting a will
Entering inheritance rights
Establishing paternity
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Prenuptial Agreement

A prenuptial agreement is certainly not a guarantee of marital happiness. However, in the event of a divorce, which no one is immune to, it is the prenuptial agreement that can significantly alleviate the lives of both spouses and their children. Therefore, entering into a prenuptial agreement is a mature and responsible step that can help prevent many problems. A prenuptial contract can be made before or after marriage registration, as well as in the absence of an official marriage for any civil union, including same-sex couples. It is never too late to conclude a prenuptial agreement.

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Divorce in Israel

If you’re contemplating divorce, refrain from seeking advice from parents, relatives, and friends. Instead, consult with your lawyer, as they will determine what you’ll retain from the divorce process and how swiftly it will proceed. In Israel, divorces are overseen by both the religious court and the civil family court. There’s a common belief that the rabbinical court often favors the man, while the family court leans towards the woman. However, this is a stereotype, and each case has its unique circumstances. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to understand that once the divorce process begins in either the rabbinical or family court, it cannot be transferred to the other. Therefore, the initiating party holds significance. Hence, reach out to your lawyer promptly.

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DNA. Establishing paternity through genetic testing

Genetic testing in Israel serves several purposes: establishing paternity, determining or revoking alimony, receiving inheritance, and asserting the right to repatriation. A DNA test for paternity is only conducted upon a ruling by the family court. Results from genetic laboratories abroad are not recognized by Israeli courts. It’s impossible to undergo a DNA test for paternity without legal representation. The process is tightly regulated, and the court will not order a genetic examination without the presence of a lawyer specialized in family law.

Frequently Asked Questions

What rights and obligations do repatriates have in the event of a divorce in Israel?

Repatriates, like other citizens of Israel, are bound by the existing family legislation of the country. Their rights and obligations in the event of a divorce are governed by Israeli law. However, there is one notable difference for new repatriates: if within the initial three years following repatriation, the couple opts for an official divorce, the citizenship status acquired by the non-Jewish spouse may be jeopardized. Such a marriage might be perceived as entered into or sustained solely for the purpose of obtaining citizenship.

What are the rights of heirs in Israel and how to formalize inheritance?

Executing a will in Israel necessitates adherence to legal regulations. The will must be drafted by an Israeli lawyer and deposited with the Registrar. In the absence of a will, inherited property is primarily divided among the deceased’s spouse and children. The spouse inherits the entirety only if the deceased has no children, siblings, or parents.

Do civil partners have the right to inheritance?

If the deceased civil partner did not leave a will, their surviving civil partner may file a lawsuit to be recognized as a spouse with inheritance rights, provided there is evidence of cohabitation.

Why enter into a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement enables spouses to prearrange financial and property matters, as well as custody issues regarding current and even future children, in the event of a divorce. This can be beneficial for safeguarding the rights and interests of each spouse in the future.

How to draft a prenuptial agreement in Israel?

The proper procedure for entering into a prenuptial agreement is to consult with a lawyer specializing in family law. The agreement is drafted with the involvement of a lawyer and becomes legally binding only upon a court decision, unlike a standard contract, which takes effect once signed by the parties.

How to obtain citizenship for a child born to Israeli citizens abroad?

By law, registration must be completed at the Israeli Ministry of Interior or at the consulate abroad within 30 days from the date of the child’s birth. The website of the Israeli consulate in the country of residence provides the necessary information regarding the required documents for timely registration of the child as an Israeli citizen. If the child was born to an Israeli father and a foreign mother out of wedlock or if registration occurs later than one year from the date of birth, a DNA test may be required by the decision of the family court in Israel to obtain Israeli citizenship.

About us

The office provides legal services in the field of immigration, family, commercial and labor law, conducts real estate transactions, develops individual solutions for businesses and individuals, and provides legal support to Israeli and international companies. Our lawyers regularly participate in the work of specialized commissions at the Chamber of Lawyers of Israel and the Knesset, create judicial precedents, improve regulatory mechanisms in various areas of law, provide advisory assistance to official representative offices of foreign states and significant public organizations located in Israel and abroad.

Адвокат Алекс Зернопольский
Alex Zernopolsky
Office Owner, Advocate, Human Rights Defender
Анна Мхитарян
Anna Mhitrian
Advocate, Leading Lawyer
Юлия Баюла
Yulia Baula
Шмуэль Полищук
Shmuel Polyshuk
Head of Repatriation and Investment Department
Irena Rosenberg
Advocate, Manager of Expert Visas department
Nechama Ovadia
Advocate, Manager of Expert Visas department
Эрнест Шварцман
Ernest Shvartsman
Юрий Дойч
Yuri Deutsch
Advocate, Notary
Яна Белла Вальдберг
Yana Bella Waldberg
Director of Strategic Communications
Екатерина Сизонова
Kateryna Syzonova
Repatriation Expert
Olga Leznik
Senior Customer Service Specialist
Валерия Давидова
Valeriia Davidova


Олег Барбаков

Oleg Barbakov

I want to thank the team of professionals of Alex Zernopolsky! They helped my son in obtaining Israeli citizenship! The work was done in a timely manner, all obstacles were overcome, and the results were excellent! The staff themselves are responsive, kind people, always ready to help with any request! It’s a pleasure to work with them! Thank you to Alex for the help and to his entire team: Anna, Valeria, and Yana! I wish them health, and I’m confident that they will continue to help people for a long time!

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Miri and Sergey

We are a couple who came to lawyer Alex Zernopolsky after numerous rejections from the Ministry of Interior, during the process of obtaining citizenship for my husband. We had faced a very unpleasant experience and were literally shaken by repeated encounters with officials who were insensitive to people’s feelings, and their comments were inappropriate, to put it mildly. After turning to the Ministry of Interior, Alex and lawyer Anna from his office, who were always ready to listen to us and always there for us, my husband finally received citizenship a week ago. This happened thanks to the professional and humane approach of Alex Zernopolsky’s law firm. We are very happy that fate brought us together and we can recommend this office to everyone who wants to feel at home, and the lawyers will take care of your interests. This is the best that exists in today’s market in Israel. Alex delivers on what he promises, one hundred percent.

Victor Vakhshtayn

Victor Vakhshtayn

A lawyer in Israel is not a luxury, but a guide through the bureaucratic hell that is the state apparatus. However, it’s hard to call it an apparatus because none of the circles of hell exchange information with any other, ordinary demons have far more authority than their superiors, and sinners can appeal to the law – earthly or heavenly – as much as they like, but in every district office of hell, there is an ‘internal instruction’ that contradicts each law. (And then another one that contradicts the previous one.) In the end, laws come and go with each government, but the demons stay at their cauldrons for generations. Perhaps this system was invented by the founding fathers themselves to prevent the usurpation of power in the future. Try to build totalitarianism in a country where every street-level bureaucrat is, at heart, an anarcho-syndicalist. Therefore, going to court in Israel is not a challenge to the state, but a normal way to start a dialogue with it. It’s all like at the market: if you don’t bargain, you don’t respect. If you don’t sue, it means you don’t acknowledge. So an Israeli lawyer is always a bit more than just a lawyer. He combines the skills of Virgil, a stalker, a dramatic actor, a social worker, an ethnographer, and a psychotherapist. At least, a good lawyer does. I was incredibly lucky with my lawyer. With Alex Zernopolsky, we not only won the case. I found thirty new research topics – so fascinating was the structure of the Israeli bureaucracy ‘from the inside’. Now we will write in co-authorship.

Maxim Katz

I personally use the services of this law firm, and when someone from our team needs some help, we turn to Zernopolsky. So I am happy to recommend him.
The office of Alex deals with any issues in the field of immigration law in Israel: repatriation, legalization of family members, proof of paternity and kinship through DNA, and any complex cases.

Alexander Kanevsky

I express my immense gratitude to the team at Alex Zernopolsky Law Office and personally to Alexander for helping me with my issues in Israel. Everything was done within the agreed time frame and at a high professional level. In every matter, I felt careful guidance, foresight, and human participation. I am very satisfied with the cooperation. I recommend!

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Roman Super

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Vladimir Brailovsky

We are grateful to Alex Zernopolsky for his significant help in our difficult situation. We were denied citizenship three times, but thanks to Alex and his firm’s efforts, we obtained a residence permit and are confident that our problem will be fully resolved soon.

Anastasiya Porokhnia

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Olga Melentyeva

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Elizabeth Kondratenko

My husband and I turned to a law firm because we encountered serious problems with the STUPRO procedure at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Holon regarding the affiliation of my minor daughter from my first marriage. I want to express my immense gratitude to the lawyers who accompanied and resolved issues in our case, especially I want to thank Yuri Patrick, who approached the resolution of our issue very professionally and responsibly, and as a result, my daughter and I finally received the documents after a long ordeal. The only thing I regret is not turning to this law firm earlier. Many thanks to the company for the work done!!!

Roldugin Andrew

I used the services of Alex Zernopolsky’s office in a rather complex issue. I am very impressed with the competence and professionalism in the matter of repatriation, by proving kinship through a DNA test. Now Alex is handling the legalization of my spouse in Israel. Thank you for the support and accompaniment!

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Liberty Lucky

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Avi Yosipov

My wife Victoria and I are clients of Alex regarding family reunification in Israel. We received excellent service and most importantly – citizenship for my wife!

Victoria Kalinina

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