Israeli Family-Law Forum - Age

Below are readers' questions about 'Age', which have been chosen to answer. For further and more detailed information on 'Age', see our main website, Family Law in Israel, at http://www.family-laws.co.il/other-topics-names-ages-death.

The fifteeenth of that month. This is a legal assumption found in the 1962 Legal Capacity and Guardianship Act.

Yes, the 1962 Legal Capacity and Guardianship Act states that where the year in which a person was born is known, but not his exact date of birth, then there is a legal assumption that it was on the first of the Hebrew month of Nissan. 

A whole range of rights and obligations are affected by the age recorded in an Israeli I.D. card, ranging from  eligibility to vote in local and national elections, conscription into the army ,length of compulsory service  and reserve duty , through elegibility for various benefits, concerning mortgage and housing , right  through to those related to retirement and pension.

Both written evidence and oral testimony from relatives and other people are acceptable as evidence in applications to change the registered age of a person in Israeli government records. Clearly, written evidence is preferable to oral evidence, especially of relatives, and the more independent it is, the greater its evidential weight.

At the family court serving the area in which you live.

Yes - for example, the correct recording of your age affects your eligibility  for many rights, the key ones relating to  pension. If you are registered as being younger than you really are, then you will not be able to get your pension and other retirement benefits according to your real age, but will have to wait, because your recorded age lags behind. You can apply to have  your recorded age corrected, at the family court.