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Utah custody dispute reflects conflicting religious views

Conflicting religious beliefs can cause a number of disagreements between married couples and parents. In fact, major divorce disputes can arise when parents are at odds over the religious upbringing of children in the family. One child custody dispute currently playing out in the Utah family court system highlights concerns over constitutional and parental rights when religion is a factor in divorce.

According to the mother involved in the case, she has the best interests of her children in mind and is devoted to their education and upbringing despite the fact that the three children’s father claims that her religious views are having a negative impact on the kids. The mother was ordered by the court to move out of the family home, and was also placed under a temporary restraining order for violating the terms of a court order regarding visitation and conduct. The court order in question was issued in October, and prohibits the woman from speaking to her children about her religious and political beliefs.

A Utah divorce commissioner recently reviewed the terms of the court order, allowing the mother to discuss faith with her children at an age-appropriate level. And while the order is scheduled to be reviewed again, the mother’s attorney argued that restricting her speech violated her constitutional rights. According to the mother’s representatives, her religious beliefs are at the heart of the divorce and child custody dispute. The children’s father was accused of fearing that the woman wanted the children to join a polygamous church. For his part, however, the father raised concerns over the woman discussing the court case with their kids.

Child custody disputes can involve a number of complex and difficult issues. Therefore, anyone with questions or concerns about parental rights can speak to an attorney today.


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