Jay Hait
American Israeli Family Law Attorney

New Baby, End of Marriage?

Becoming a parent is an incredible and transformative experience. However, for some couples, it can also be a challenging time that leads to the end of their marriage. As a family law attorney, I have witnessed many couples with new babies who have decided to get a divorce. In these cases, I often encourage them to try couples therapy before taking the drastic step of ending their marriage.

Postpartum hormonal changes combined with the dramatic changes that come with a new addition to the family can lead to stress, quarrels, and misunderstandings between partners. These difficulties can be overwhelming, especially for couples who may already be struggling with communication or other issues.

The case of the new parents from the north of Israel is a clear example of the challenges that can arise when a new baby enters the picture. The mother requested her husband’s help in caring for their new baby, but in the end, she went alone to her family in the South. Shortly after, she returned without their son and requested a divorce.

The father was taken aback by this sudden turn of events and requested that his wife and son return to their residence in the north so he could be involved in raising their child. However, the mother argued that the child’s place of residence was in the south, where he had lived since birth.

The judge in this case made an important decision by recognizing that the decision on the child’s residence should be made by both parents, who are the child’s guardians. The judge also considered the importance of both parents in the child’s life and recognized that building a strong parent-child bond is critical during the first two years of a child’s life.

It’s important to note that while every family law case is unique, some common themes arise when a new baby enters the picture. Couples can benefit from seeking help from a therapist or counselor to navigate the challenges of parenthood and to work through any issues that may arise.

If divorce is ultimately the best decision for the family, it’s essential to prioritize the well-being of the child and to create a parenting plan that reflects this priority. The goal should always be to create a stable and loving environment for the child, even if the parents are no longer together.

In conclusion, the birth of a new baby can be an incredibly transformative experience for a family. However, it can also lead to stress and difficulties in the relationship between partners. If you find yourself struggling during this time, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. Remember that the well-being of your child should always be the top priority.

About the Author
Soon after returning to Israel with his family fom a 14 year hiatus in the US, American born and bred attorney Jay Hait went through a vicious divorce exposing him to the dark side of family law in Israel. When it was all over and he came out with custody over his young children, Jay switched from corporate to family law because he knew that there had to be a better way -even within the confines of the Israeli legal system.
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