Button 1 Button 2 Button 3 Button 4 Button 5 Button 6
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google
630-932-9100
Free Initial Consultation | Se habla español 630-932-9100
Mevorah Law Offices LLC
630-932-9100
Menu
DuPage County Attorneys

LOMBARD

900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

BLOOMINGDALE

134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

ST. CHARLES

333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

JOLIET

58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 500, Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-727-4500

CHICAGO

105 W. Madison Street, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 630-932-9100

The Impact of an Interfaith Divorce on Children

Posted on in Family Law
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 620
  • Print

Illinois divorce attorneyInterfaith marriages are more common today than they were in the past. Unfortunately, interfaith divorces have also become more frequent. While most aspects of divorce are the same regardless of the religions of both spouses, a unique issue in an interfaith divorce is the religion of the children.

Even if one spouse converts to the other spouse’s religion before or during the marriage, they may return to their original religion once they get divorced. When this occurs, the children of the divorce are left with serious religious complications.

An Example of How Interfaith Divorce Impacts Children

For example, Jacob who is Jewish dates Heather who is Catholic. Prior to marriage, Heather converts to Judaism and once the couple is married, they have two children who they agree to raise Jewish. Years later when the couple divorces, Heather returns to Catholicism. Then, the issue of what religious services their children are allowed to attend and holidays they are allowed to celebrate comes up.

This example is similar to a real-life situation in Illinois where an ex-husband baptized his daughter and led her Jewish mother to file a lawsuit. In this case, the judge prohibited the father from exposing his daughter to raising his daughter in any other religion than Judaism since that is the religion in which she was raised.

In addition to issues related to baptisms and Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, other issues such as what kind of holidays children of an interfaith couple could celebrate and what types of religious services and classes they could take can arise.

The impact of an interfaith divorce can be very difficult for a child, making it important for a divorcing interfaith couple to come to an agreement that is in the best interests of their child if possible. They can do so on their own or through mediation services.

If a couple cannot come to an agreement on their child’s religious future, an Illinois judge will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. A child ages 12 or older may be asked to express their opinion on which faith they prefer to practice.

Consult Our DuPage County Divorce Attorneys

If you are in the process of an interfaith divorce and religion will likely become an issue, you should reach out to our DuPage County divorce attorneys at 630-932-9100 today. We’ll help you determine the ideal way for the religious upbringing of your child to be established.

 

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/04/AR2010060402011.html

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000

 

  • DuPage County Divorce Lawyers
  • Elite Lawyers
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • 2015 Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • Super Lawyers

Let us start helping you with a FREE initial consultation.

NOTE: Fields with a * indicate a required field.
*
*
*

One Stop For All Your Legal Needs

Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help. Our trial lawyers have over 35 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from five offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, Joliet, St. Charles, and Chicago.

Steven Mevorah has assembled experienced attorneys under one roof so that his clients need not search for a new attorney each time they need help. Mr. Mevorah has also established a wide network of additional attorneys so that his clients merely need to stop by Mevorah Law Offices LLC to find the attorney they need.

Client Focused Representation

Our practice is focused on meeting your needs with flexible hours and locations to serve you:

  • Free initial consultations
  • Saturday and evening appointments available
  • Home and hospital visits if your injuries prevent you from traveling
  • Multiple locations throughout Chicagoland
  • Veteran trial attorneys
  • Experienced negotiators
  • Payment plans available
  • Cash, check, or credit card accepted