Last week, we brought our Georgia family law blog readers the news that Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after five years of marriage. In that blog post, we speculated that one of the most contentious issues of the divorce would likely be the custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter, Suri. If the entertainment media is to be believed, that appears to be the case.
A mother is facing possible jail time for contempt of court after she allegedly violated her child custody order. But the violation was not something like knowingly violating the parenting time schedule or taking the children out of state without their father's knowledge. What could land the mother in jail is something that most parents do without a second thought: baptizing her children.
In most states, family court judges may not use personal disapproval or a lack of understanding of a religion determine their ruling on a child custody dispute. However, what happens when a parent alleges that the other parent's religious practices cause harm to the child in an attempt to gain custody of their child?