April 14, 2010
Divorced Dad Wins Right To Take Daughter To Church
Religion is making custody battles even messier.
A Chicago judge ruled Tuesday that Joseph Reyes may take his 3-year-old daughter to Mass during his visitation time, despite the objection of his estranged wife Rebecca Reyes who is raising the girl Jewish.
Joseph was barred from exposing his daughter to "non-Jewish activity" last year after baptizing the girl without first informing Rebecca, who has sole custody of the child. Joseph challenged the ban as unconstitutional -- and drew national headlines by inviting local media to film him take the girl to Mass in December.
Joseph will now always have the girl on Christmas and Easter, while Rebecca will always have her on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover.
CT covered the increasing problem of custody battles involving religion here.