Non-Custodial Parents and Religion

Religion Clause presents a case from Louisiana in which the court rules that a custodial parent may not force a non-custodial parent to endorse or support the custodial parent’s religious views. In short, a non-custodial parent can also share his or her religion with the child.

From the decision (pdf):

Though the custodial or domiciliary parent may raise the child in a legitimate religion of his/her own choosing, that parent may not force that religion or religious affiliation upon the noncustodial parent or preclude the noncustodial parent from pursuing his/her own religious affiliation and sharing same with the child provided doing so does not negatively affect the best interests of the child. There is no statutory nor jurisprudential authority to support the trial court’s ruling that the custodial or domiciliary parent has the sole authority to mandate “what belief system is presented to the child in . . . any home in which the child visits or resides.”

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