I previously posted in Can Family Court Preclude Either Parent From Merely Exposing Their Child to that ParentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Religion, Even if the Other Parent Has Ultimate Decisionmaking Authority Over the ChildÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Religion? about an Illinois Husband facing contempt for reportedly baptizing his Daughter and taking her to Catholic church services, despite the couple’s prior agreement and a court order requiring that the Daughter be raised in the Jewish faith and prohibiting the parents from exposing her to other religions.
Husband’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss the contempt allegation on constitutional grounds, but the Court denied that motion.
The couple’s divorce has since been finalized, with the Court ultimately ruling that Husband can take Daughter to church during his timesharing.
So is Husband off the hook for contempt?
No, Husband still faces being held in contempt for openly violating the Court’s prior order, even though that order has since been modified.
If that seems puzzling, the essence of contempt is willful disobedience of a court order.