Jerusalem – A secular man separated from his Orthodox wife is not required to maintain a religious lifestyle while the couple’s children are at his home, the Haifa Family Court ruled on Monday. In her ruling, Judge Esperanza Alon threw out a clause of the couple’s custody agreement that required the father not to drive his children on Saturday, one of the days they stay with him.
Alon ruled that this clause infringed on the father’s right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
The mother, who is a physician, lives in Jerusalem with the couple’s two children, while the father, also a physician, lives in the north.
“Married couples sometimes conduct lifestyles that differ from one another, and the children absorb both worlds. It is the right of each of the parents to freedom of religion or from religion, and the right of each of them to equality,” Alon said.