How does divorce work for common law marriages in Israel?
When couples live together long term (without being married) and manage a joint household, then in most Western countries, they will be considered married under common law statutes. This means that even though they didn't really get married, that in the eyes of the law they are considered married under the theory that if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck, and smells like a duck, it must be a duck. But in Israel, there is not common law marriage – because in Israel marriage is treated in accordance with a person's religious status and neither Judaism, Islam, nor the other recognized religious in Israel allow for marriage outside of the religious context.
Okay…., but in reality in Israel people do live together long term (without being married) and manage a joint household, like in other Western countries, so what is their legal status in Israel? In Israel they are considered as a couple "Known in Public" (in Hebrew: Yadooim BaTzibur), and have many of the same rights and obligations towards each other as regular married couples. How does the law work for them when they want to split up? Watch the video to find out.
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