Disagreeing on religion? Parents need to work it out

| May 21, 2020 | Uncategorized |

You and your ex-spouse have always had different religious philosophies. You believe that everyone should do what they want and believe what they want, but you don’t subscribe to any particular religion. You feel that your child should be able to choose if they want to follow a religion later in life, not now while they’re young.

Your ex-spouse is the opposite. They oppose not raising a child in a religion, because they believe that it gives them a good foundation, morals and a community to grow up in. Your ex-spouse wants to take your child to religious services and to make sure that they get a core knowledge of the religion that they’re expected to belong to, at least as long as they are a minor.

What should you do in this circumstance?

You disagree on how to raise your child, and this is a major issue to have trouble with. There are a few things to think about when you decide if your child should or should not be exposed to religion. For example, you may think it’s a good idea for your child to be exposed to multiple religions. You may be able to negotiate that they can attend religious services, but not be indoctrinated, with your ex-spouse. At the same time, you may want the right to take them to various religious services and events so that they get to know the different religions that exist.

On the other hand, if your ex-spouse doesn’t want that, then you may both be able to agree to keep religion off the table until your child’s older. It all depends on your specific circumstances and the reasoning behind involving your child in religious communities.