North Carolina Husband and Wife have two children.
Husband works as corrections officer.
Wife files for child custody, support and alimony.
Trial court orders Husband to pay $1,100 in monthly child and spousal support.
Husband quits his corrections officer job after entry of the support order. …
And joins a religious commune which forbids members from making money outside the commune.
Husband fails to pay court-ordered support.
Wife files for contempt.
Husband defends on the basis of religious freedom and inability to pay.
Trial court finds that Husband’s new religious beliefs are genuine. …
And holds Husband in contempt anyway.
Husband’s change of religious heart flies in the face of the court’s order.
Appellate court affirms and holds Husband to his court-ordered support payments.