Religion and Divorce and Custody Cases
Hello, my name is attorney Jason Lile and I am the Tulsa dads’ rights attorney for Northeastern Oklahoma. I wanted to talk to you a little bit about religion and specifically in the context of a divorce or a custody case, how does your religion or your preference for religion and even more specifically religious training for your child or children come into play?
So cultural issues like that, religious issues like that, when you’ve separated from the child’s other parent, whether by divorce or just if it was just a boyfriend or girlfriend separated, you have to understand that now that child has two households. Each of those households has a pretty firm right to train that child in the religion that is preferred by that parent. That might mean that you have the child being enculturated in a particular religion in one household and being enculturated in a particular religion that’s different in the other household. That is just the reality of having two households.
Religion in Two Households
Now, assuming that you and your partner or former partner have the same religion and the same religious preference, and you don’t want your child to go over children to go to two churches, you should be allowed to participate in culturally significant or religiously significant events for that child. For example, if that child is going to be baptized, it is not okay for the other parent to exclude you from that activity. Quinceaneras for Hispanic families, things of that nature, bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs for Jewish families, need to be accessible by both parents.
Obviously, it would be ideal if you had a cordial relationship with your ex, but if you do not, it is not okay for them to exclude you from those types of things.
In Need of Legal Assistance?
If you’re having a problem with that or you have any other questions about father’s rights or family law issues, again, my name is attorney Jason Lile. I am an Oklahoma child custody lawyer and I’d be happy to consult with you. Visit tulsafathersrights.lawyer to schedule a consultation.