If the husband leaves the home, the wife’s right to alimony remains intact. If the wife leaves the home, it is possible that her right to alimony will indeed suffer. A wife who leaves the home without a justifiable reason will lose her alimony payments. As for the question of what constitutes a justifiable reason, each case is checked on its merits. If the wife leaves the home due to her husband’s violent behavior or humiliating treatment, then he is obliged to support her. A wife who has left the home needs to prove justifiable reasons for doing so.
Alimony payments in civil marriages
In Israel, when a couple decides upon a civil marriage performed outside of Israel, they are entering into an agreement to live together as a married couple. Such an agreement has the effect of generating rights and obligations between the spouses according to contract law.
The sides’ sustained line of thinking as well as rules of fairness and integrity dictate that rather than one side being in need of support from the other—whether through alimony payments or other means—that same side is entitled to receive such support.
Similarly to conventional marriages, the alimony payment amount, the term of compulsory alimony, grounds for denying alimony and so forth are questions that shall be decided in civil marriages, unless the court’s ruling relies on the principle of good faith. These parameters are likely to change from case to case and derive from an assessment of the sides’ behavior, their financial situation, the length of the relationship and so forth, as deemed relevant by virtue of the good faith principle.