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Scott Trout on Religion and Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes Divorce

divorce lawyer scott troutThe issue of which parent makes religious decisions for their children following a divorce has garnered national media attention with news of the Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes divorce and Holmes’ reported concerns over their daughter being raised in the Church of Scientology.

Cordell & Cordell Managing Partner Scott C. Trout appeared on WHAS Radio in Louisville to discuss religion and divorce and other legal custody concerns, including education decisions and why labels such as “sole custody” aren’t nearly as important as guys make them out to be.

Click below to listen to Scott Trout’s full interview on WHAS Radio:

Religion and its role in child custody battles

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that judges may not discriminate against the religion of a parent during a child custody case, but they may consider how religiously motivated conduct can affect the child, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The case at the heart of this debate involved a father who is Muslim and a mother who is a Jehovah’s Witness. The judge in the case was thrust in the middle of a battle between the balance of freedom of religion and what was deemed the best interest of the child.

According to the New York Times, child-custody battles involving religious issues are on the rise. This increase could be due to the fact that religion is historically a contentious issues, but there may be more behind it.

“Part of that is there has been an increase of conflicts between parents across the board, and with parents looking for reasons to justify their own actions,” a family lawyer in Kansas told the news source.

Many judges avoid taking on custody cases based solely on religious disputes, because they don’t feel comfortable ruling in favor of one religion or another, states the Times.