America has long operated as a melting pot for a variety of faiths. Devout members of every major world religion, a host of denominations within those religions and a number of other organized religions live, work and raise families in America today. When couples with strong religious beliefs decide to end their marriages, resulting child custody disputes can be uniquely complex. This is true in disputes involving parents of the same faith and parents belonging to different faiths.
Child Custody and Religious Holidays
When parents of the same faith split, it may be important for them to specify that their children will be raised a certain way when they are constructing a parenting plan. Disputes may arise as to which parent gets to enjoy certain important religious holidays with their children. When faced with this kind of tension, it is important that parents and their attorneys address these issues head-on during the creation of a parenting plan. Failure to do so could lead to mounting tensions and related stresses for the remainder of a child's upbringing.
Agreeing On A Parenting Plan
When parents of different faiths approach a child custody dispute and the creation of a parenting plan, the desire of both parents to raise their children a certain way must be considered. Ultimately, it is up to a judge to honor the best interests of a child in any given dispute. Developing a plan to raise a child according to a certain faith, to allow a child to explore both parents' faiths, to partake or abstain from certain religious practices and/or ceremonies, etc. must be approached with the child's best interests in mind.
Contact an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer
Parents of faith facing a contentious child custody dispute should seek the advice of attorneys who will respect the importance of your religious beliefs and their potential impact upon your dispute. When in doubt, ask potential attorney candidates about how they would approach faith-based issues currently affecting your unique, family legal situation. Contact our office at 703-691-8333 to schedule a free consultation.