In the past year weâ€™ve had several posts on this blog about the sensationalized Reyes divorce case where the father took the child to church against a court order etc.
Karen Kushner provides a much more sane approach to the whole subject of divorce in interfaith families in a recent interview with Virginia Gilbert, the â€śDivorce and Parenting Examinerâ€ť for Examiner.com/Los Angeles. Some of her points:
â€˘ Donâ€™t embrace religion as a way of expressing anger at an ex.
â€˘ Children of divorce need stability–and that includes maintaining religious practices and traditions observed when the family was intact.
â€˘ Exes can find empathy for each other by separating values and traditions from religious rites.
â€˘ A child who is secure in one religious identity should not be barred from participating in celebrations of another parentâ€™s different faith tradition.
Thereâ€™s lots more in the article, including advice from our friends Arlene Chernow, a URJ outreach specialist, and her husband Eli Chernow, a retired California judge.
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