Father In Custody Case Can't Take Girl to Easter Service

April 3, 2010

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: The Washington Post/Chicago Tribune


A Chicago man in a contentious divorce and custody dispute was told by a judge this week that he cannot take his daughter to Catholic services on Easter.

The order maintains an injunction imposed against Joseph Reyes last year after he had the girl baptized in the Roman Catholic Church without the consent of his estranged wife, who claims that they had agreed to raise the daughter in the Jewish faith.

Reyes had asked for an exemption for Easter, but the judge in the couple's divorce case re fused on Wednesday. Reyes already faces a possible contempt charge for allegedly defying the injunction and taking his daughter to Mass -- with a television news crew in tow.