The proper religious training of a child is an important matter that should be considered by a court determining parental responsibility issues.
Religion must be viewed in conjunction with all the other considerations that bear on a child’s best interest.
The general rule regarding the trial court’s decisions on disputes over religion was aptly stated by the District Court of Appeal, Fourth District, in Abbo v. Briskin, 660 So.2d 1157, 1161 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995):
“The question of a child’s religion must be left to the parents even if they clash. A child’s religion is no proper business of judges.”
Thus, trial courts cannot enjoin a parent from raising his or her child in the religion of the parents’ choice.
Restrictions on parents exposing their children to their religious beliefs and practices have regularly been overturned, unless there is an affirmative showing that the activity is harmful to the children.
Here at The Law Offices of Gary S. Dolgin, we have been helping mothers and fathers with child custody for over 30 years in the Tampa area.
We have also been committed to protecting children’s best interests while helping to advocate for their parent’s rights.
If you are having any child custody issues such as relocation, determining parental responsibility, time-sharing problems, or any other custody issue that may be causing an unhealthy situation for your child, or negatively affecting your parental rights, we are here to help you.
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