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Israel: Registration of a Second Official Address for a Child

(Jan. 23, 2012) On January 16, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Additional Address for Mail Delivery to a Minor (Amendments) Law, 5772-2012. The Law amends the Capacity and Guardianship Law, 5722-1962, the Population Registry Law, 5725-1965, and the Address Updating Law, 5765-2005.

The Law permits a parent who resides separately from his child to request that his or her address, as registered at the Population Registry Office, be added as an additional address for the delivery of mail addressed to his or her child. A notification of this request will be sent to the child's registered address.

The Law further imposes a duty on institutions that are obliged by law to provide information in writing to a parent regarding his or her minor child to provide such information also to the address of the parent who does not reside with the child. Institutions that are subject to this requirement include financial, educational, and medical institutions, as well the Vehicle Licensing Authority, the Institute for Social Security, the Tax Authority, and local authorities.

Whereas official bodies are notified by the Population Registry Office of any change in or addition to the parent's address, the requesting parent would have to specifically notify other institutions of his or her wish to receive information separately from the other parent.

The Law specifies that notifications regarding minors will not be delivered if the notifying institution was informed of the existence of a court decision nullifying or limiting parental guardianship or preventing a parent from receiving such information regarding his or her child.

According to explanatory notes accompanying the bill, the Law was designed to assist parents who reside separately from their children to obtain information regarding them, thereby potentially decreasing tension between the parents and contributing to the wellbeing of their children. (Additional Address for Mail Delivery to a Minor (Amendments) Law, 5772-2012 & bill [both in Hebrew], the Knesset website (both last visited Jan. 20, 2012); Capacity and Guardianship Law, 5722-1962 [in Hebrew], 16 LAWS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL (LSI) 106 (5722-1961/62), as amended; Population Registry Law, 5725-1965 [in Hebrew], 19 LSI 288 (5725-1964/65), as amended; Address Updating Law, 5765-2005 [in Hebrew], SEFER HAHUKIM [Official Gazette] 5765, No. 2029, at 998 (2005).)