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  2/27/2013, Adar 17, 5773

Group to Protest Against Jewish Father in Custody Case


An agunah organization plans to demonstrate on Capitol Hill against an employee of a House of Representatives member. The protest is to take place in Washington DC against a father who has been civilly divorced from his wife according to American law but not religiously divorced according to Jewish law. 
 
Roll Call, a news outlet covering Capitol Hill issues reported this week that an organization that defends Jewish women in divorce proceedings will hold the demonstration. According to the report, the husband allegedly does not want to issue a get, or Jewish certificate of divorce until his ex-wife allows him regular access to see their child. 
 
A rabbinical court, or Beit Din, issued an opinion in June 2012 stating that the ex-wife “had no right to unilaterally relocate their daughter” to another state without the ex-husband's consent. 
 
Supporters of the mother say that she has been turned into an agunah or "anchored woman." Supporters of the father say that he has been denied access to his daughter. A blog called Sentence First Verdict Afterwards stated that the mother purposely sought to adopt a visitation schedule "rendered impossible because [the father] is Sabbath observant, either because those times start on Friday or shortly before Jewish holidays." The blog also claimed that the mother engaged in other parental alienation tactics in the custody suits.
 
The protest against the father is scheduled for Thursday.