Israeli Family-Law Forum - Cohabitees

Below are readers' questions about 'Cohabitees', which we have chosen to answer. More detailed information on 'Cohabitees', can be found in the 'Cohabitation' section on our main website, Family Law in Israel, http://www.family-laws.co.il/cohabitation-with-agreement, http://www.family-laws.co.il/marriage-options-in-Israel, http://www.family-laws.co.il/cohabitation-inheritance, and http://www.family-laws.co.il/cohabitation-children and the topic 'Agreements' at http://www.family-laws.co.il/agreements-between-cohabiting-couples. This covers agreements between single-sex couples (homosexuals and lesbians), too.

Most probably not! The vital element of "family life" or cohabitation would appear to be missing for her to meet the legal requirements of a common-law wife, or cohabitee, under Israeli law. The Supreme Court has held that without this the woman is merely a "mistress".

As a rule of thumb, living under the same roof, joint running of a household, and usually intimate relations.

If you can prove that  you fit into the definition of a 'common-law' spouse or cohabitee, then you should be entitled to a share of the profits arising during the period of your mutual cohabitation.

Most probably, if you consented to the process, and this can be proved by your signature on medical documentation, and proof can be provided as to your relationship as cohabitees.

Absolutely not! Although you are still married to your wife , your separation is regarded as the point ending your marital partnership in property. You do not have any claim to any possible rights that your wife may be entitled to vis a vis the man with whom she is cohabiting.