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Children of Ugly Divorces: Torn Between Parents' Religious Views

| by MomLogic

Child custody battles can get really ugly -- especially if you throw conflicting religious views in the mix. 

momlogic told you last year about a restraining order issued against a man who took his own daughter to church and had her baptized against the desires of his Jewish ex-wife, Rebecca. Yesterday, a judge ruled that Joseph Reyes, a Catholic, can take his daughter, Ela, to church services -- despite her mother's objections.

When Rebecca and Joseph first married, they had agreed to raise Ela Jewish -- but Joseph found his Catholic roots again after their divorce.

The ruling all came down to maintaining Reyes' visitation privileges, which the judge ruled shouldn't be disrupted. "It would not be in the best interest of Ela to restrict Joseph's visitation," said Cook County Judge Renee Goldfarb. "He can take Ela to church services during his visitation time if he so chooses. This court will also order that Joseph have visitation with Ela every year on Christmas and Easter."

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It was also determined that Ela, who is only 3 years old, suffered no ill effects from attending church with her father. She is 3, after all -- and, according to Joseph, waves at the other children while at church and looks around and giggles.

What do you think of the judge's ruling?

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