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Navigating Passover Travel Challenges in Divorced Families

Passover, a joyous celebration of freedom and renewal, often inspires many Jews to embark on journeys to extravagant Passover programs spanning from Miami to Israel. However, for divorced individuals, these once familiar programs of familiarity and comfort during marriage may now remain unvisited. Travel, particularly concerning custody arrangements, can present complex challenges. Concerns such as international travel or transportation methods may arise, highlighting the importance of a clear understanding of legal rights and obligations.

For divorced parents, understanding their legal rights and obligations regarding custody and travel is essential. This often involves establishing a clear custody agreement that outlines each parent’s rights and responsibilities concerning the children. In cases of travel disputes or concerns, seeking legal guidance or mediation is often necessary for a resolution. International travel with children adds further complexity due to issues such as passport and visa requirements as well as the potential risk of parental abduction. Many countries have specific laws and procedures to prevent such incidents, often mandating consent from both parents of international travel. 

Given the current global climate, with rising antisemitism adding further uncertainty, divorced parents may hold drastically different views on international Passover travel. Effective communication and cooperation between parents are vital, especially when decisions about travel and the well-being of their children are at stake. Open dialogue and a willingness to compromise can help avoid conflicts and prioritize the children’s needs. 

Navigating divorce-related issues, custody arrangements, and travel requires careful consideration of the legal framework and the best interests of the children. Consulting with legal professionals focusing on family law can provide invaluable guidance and support. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out for a consultation.

 Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Passover.


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Stephanie F. Lehman is a principal in the firm’s Family Law practice group. For over 25 years, Stephanie’s practice has focused on representing clients in New York and New Jersey in all areas of matrimonial, family and fertility law. In addition to handling litigation matters through trial and appeals in both states, she is trained in the collaborative process and mediation.

Stephanie commonly negotiates prenuptial, postnuptial, settlement and separation agreements. She advises clients on pension and retirement plans, stock options and grants, trusts, limited partnerships, closely held corporations, the valuation of businesses, professional licenses, enhanced earning capacity and celebrity status.