Divorce in the Face of Religion


According to the Office of National Statistics 2011 Census, Christians still remain the largest religious affiliation in the UK totalling 33.2million followers. The next largest group is Muslims at 2.7 million, consisting of 4.8% of the UK's population. Every community is hit by divorce, there's no getting away from that fact but, how divorce is dealt with can have a great impact on the upbringing of your children.

Divorce and religion can shape a childs personality growing up

Religious Holidays and Child Contact

When couples split in the majority of cases, hostilities can arise. But, what is it like for families who not only have to worry about national holidays such as bank holidays, but religious ones as well? Eid ul-Adha, the greater of the two Eids, begins on Friday evening and ends on Saturday evening and is an opportunity for Muslim families to come together to celebrate. But if you've recently been through a divorce or you're currently going through a divorce, you may be wondering where your children will be spending this special time.

Whether it's Christmas, Divali, Passover or in this case Eid ul-Adha, families will want to spend this special time together bonding and reflecting on happy times. Not only will you want your child to spend this time with you, but also their extended family that they may not get to see that often. How do you decide which family they spend their time with and do you have to go to court to reach these decisions?

Family Holidays Together

If you married in a civil ceremony as well as a religious one, the law can provide certain provisions that can help you and your ex-partner determine the best way to raise your children as separated parents. Often, arguments can follow a divorce but, this doesn't always have to be the case, especially when you're both focussing on what works best for the child and not for yourselves.

Every culture has its own stigma's surrounding divorce, but this shouldn’t stop your children from getting the best from both parents and having a balanced upbringing. Whether or not you practice a religion, family should be at the heart of any happy childhood.

Whether you are two Muslim parents, or one Muslim and one non-Muslim parent, sitting down and discussing where your child will spend their holidays is essential to working together as parents. Holidays provide memories they will cherish when they grow up and even perhaps share with their own children.

To all families celebrating Eid ul-Adha this coming weekend, Eid Mubarak and enjoy your day as a family.

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