Attorneys in 10 states and the District of Columbia have volunteered to assist Na’amat, the largest women’s organization in Israel, in obtaining child support payments for Israeli women from Israeli fathers now living in the United States, according to Sharon Shenhav, legal advisor to Na’amat in Jerusalem.
Shenhav was promised pro bono legal help on five specific cases in three states, and other legal aid as needed. In San Diego, an attorney will seek implementation of a California support order issued when the couple lived there, she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an interview. In a Miami case, an attorney volunteered to obtain a judgment against an Israeli engineer living there, who was ordered by a Jerusalem court to pay his wife in Israel support for their four children. Members of the Women’s Bar Association in Florida will also handle a Pensacola and a Hollywood case, Shenhav said. In upstate New York, an order to show cause issued by a Tel Aviv court will be served to initiate a support proceeding.