Thursday, January 27, 2011

Too Religious to homeschool?

Fox News Channel on facebook is showing a video of a story where the courts have just forced a mother to put her daughter back into the public school system. Here is a link to FNC's facebook page showing the video:!/video/video.php?v=707516943320&oid=15704546335&comments

    Basically, mom and dad are divorced and it seems that perhaps the dad doesn't want the daughter homeschooled anymore. The judge in the case said that the mom was "too religious" and has forced the mom to send her daughter to public school.

     This is important to many homeschool families; especially ones that have had to suffer through a divorce. It is very important to understand case law in your state regarding situations of divorce and how it will effect your rights to educate your children at home.
     For instance, in my home state of Illinois, case law reads that decisions are to be made that are in the best interest of the child during a divorce.  What that means is that the judge is going to try to maintain the child's lifestyle and try not to change it.  If a child is educated in the home BEFORE the divorce is filed, there is a good chance that that child will remain home. If the child was in public school and the custodial parent (in a joint parenting agreement) wants to home educate their child, and the other parent does NOT agree...the judge will more than likely rule with the non-custodial parent.

     It is important to know and understand the laws of your state when you want to home educate your children so that you can stay on top of what is and is not expected of you! 

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