CHICAGO (WBBM) – A Catholic man who has battled in court with his Jewish ex-wife over their daughter’s religious upbringing has won the latest round in court.
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Rebecca Shapiro and Joseph Reyes’ divorce case, made international headlines 10 months ago, when Domestic Relations Court Judge Edward Jordan ordered Reyes not to expose their daughter to any religion but her Jewish mother’s.
That order was changed in April to allow Reyes to take the girl to Catholic Mass and religious ceremonies, but the criminal contempt suit had already been filed in Cook County Circuit Court and went forward before Judge Elizabeth Loredo-Rivera, who found Reyes not guilty.
Attorney Joel Brodsky represented Reyes, who is a second-year student at John Marshall Law School, and said it has been quite a legal education for his client.
“It wasn’t easy but he made it. He’s a smart kid. He’s very resilient,” Brodsky said.
With this ruling in the case, Brodsky said, “It’s over.”
The revised order gives allows Reyes visitation with the girl every other weekend and on Christian holidays. Brodsky said Reyes intends to celebrate Christmas with the girl this December.