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Should my beliefs be considered a factor in whether I have custody of my kids? Even if I am an atheist?

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Asked by sahmamax2 at 4:13 PM on Dec. 6, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Absolutely not.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 4:14 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • NO NO and NO. All that should matter is who is better fit to take care of the kids such as stability or finances. Religion should play no part in custody and needs to stay out of custody hearings.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:14 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Religious beliefs cannot be held against you unless the religion is somehow endangering the children.

    Answer by Scuba at 4:14 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • Technically, one shouldn't have anything to do with the other. Religious beliefs or the lack thereof, should be left out of it. Parenting and religion are two separate issues.

    Answer by specialwingz at 4:15 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

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    Your x may consider it a dealbreaker and the court has to listen to his concerns. Wouldn't you want his beliefs factored in if he believed in human sacrifice or some other non-traditional belief?

    Answer by admckenzie at 4:16 PM on Dec. 6, 2010 (hidden) + expand

  • Only if shown to be damaging to their health or well-being. Simply not believing in a god (definition of Atheist) is not grounds for losing your children, there would have to be contributing factors to the issue and then your religion or lack of shouldn't be mentioned if it was not part of the cause.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 4:16 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • I'm an atheist as well, and so far as I know it may be a bias that legally shouldn't affect the outcome of your custody battle. Was your partner also atheist? Or is he using this against you as if it could affect anything?

    Answer by Skepticchick at 4:18 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

  • if he believed in human sacrifice or some other non-traditional belief?

    You put human sacrifice and "non-traditional belief" in the same category???? By that standard you wouldn't even want Hindus or Buddhists to keep their kids since they're so grossly outnumbered in the US.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:18 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

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    We get it! Non-Christians are treated horribly in the world and every Christian should be held accountable. Get off the bandwagon and start having some original thoughts and questions. Non-Christians call us brainwashed and unable to think for ourselves, but you women take the cake.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:18 PM on Dec. 6, 2010 (hidden) + expand

  • No, only your parenting skills not your religious beliefs. 


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 4:18 PM on Dec. 6, 2010

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