November 15, 2019 Feature

Religious Arbitration of Family Disputes

Barbara Atwood

According to news reports, religious arbitration at divorce is on the rise. Members of conservative religious groups are choosing to opt out from civil law and to submit their disputes to faith-based tribunals. Most major religious denominations have some method of private dispute resolution within their domains, some going back centuries. The practice is particularly widespread in New York where numerous Orthodox Jewish groups live in cohesive communities.

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