Which parents gets to decide the child’s religion in New Jersey?
Most people marry in the same religion but this is not always the case. Furthermore, for child born of non-married parents, having parents of different religions may be more common. This often then creates a problem as to how the child will be raised and what holidays they will celebrate. In Feldman v. Feldman, 378 NJ Super 83 (App Div 2005), the parties started fighting over religious issues after the divorce. The Appellate Division made it clear that the primary caretaker has the right to determine the religious upbringing of the child. Thus, the custodial parent will choose the religious instruction of the child. However, the non-custodial parent is free to bring the child to religious services during that parent’s time with the child.
Posted on November 24, 2012, in Legal Custody and tagged Child Custody Attorneys in Northern NJ, North Jersey Child Custody Lawyers, Selecting the child's religion in NJ. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.