He’s an atheist parent with custody of his children and he’s worried that his atheism may one day be used against him:
As some of you might know, I’m the residential parent for two beautiful young ladies (10 and 11). Their mother, an alcoholic mess who has paid a grand total of ten dollars in child support over 3 years, is unreliable and has a police record full of alcoholic and violent offenses a mile long. I don’t use any drugs, I drink socially at most, and I have a long track record of reliability and financial stability while providing a good and safe home for my girls.
… but I am an atheist. I really, really don’t think there’s a god. If that’s brought up, I won’t be able to lie about my (lack of) beliefs. They’re public knowlege in my family and friends, and I would morally have a big issue about lying to the courts (they’ve done an amazing job, and I’ve been very happy with the level of honesty and caring I’ve found with the family court system in our area). The [Time] article I linked above, however, leads me to think that I may be making myself vulnerable in an area which defies logic, in my mind…
Here are his questions:
Am I screwed here? What are the actual legal implications of being an atheist in a custody case if one comes up? Does anyone have any suggestions about this?
Anyone have any lawyer-ish knowledge? Helpful suggestions?
Jeremy’s from Ohio, if it helps.
(via Unorthodox Atheism)
[tags]atheist, atheism, custody[/tags]