US Court: Catholic Woman Must Live as Orthodox Jew

Published: May 20th 2010
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Laura Derbigney, a Hispanic Catholic
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Brodsky’s similar case that he won in mid February  of this year coincidentally involves a Jewish ex-wife and a Hispanic Catholic father.  The father, by the name of Joseph Reyes, converted to Judaism when he married his ex-wife Rebecca Reyes and returned to Catholicism when they divorced. Later, he brought their daughter Ela to a church and was afterwards sued, facing prison and fines for the church visit due to allegations that the pair decided to raise the daughter Jewish; though the father denies this.  This particular case was judged by Judge Edward Jordan, member of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers (Jewish bar association) but with the request of Brodsky, the judge was changed to Cook County Judge Goldfarb who ruled in favour of the father’s right to send their daughter to church during his visitations if he so chooses.


Does divorce court have the right to determine a child’s religious affiliation based on how a child was raised prior to the divorce? Or should the divide between state and religion be firmly upholding in divorce courts today?  The age-old controversy between state and religion is presenting itself repeatedly in custody battles In 21st Century divorce courts.


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