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North Carolina Court Rules Faith is 'Irrelevant' in Child Support Case

Following their recent divorce agreement where the court ordered him to pay $1,106 a month in child support, a North Carolina father quit his job as a corrections officer and joined a communal religious sect according to a Courthouse News story online.  The religious sect, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, bars its members from earning outside income.  When he stopped making his child support payment for lack of income due to what he called 'sincerely held' religious beliefs, the court held him in contempt and ordered him to make back payments.

The appellate court upheld the family law trial court's decision, stating that the father did not quit his job until after the order for child support was entered and that the fact that the father's religious beliefs were sincerely held was irrelevant.