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Family Law Keyed to Weisberg
Sagar v. Sagar
Citation:781 N.E.2d 54 (Mass App. Ct. 2003)
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Husband and wife were married in a traditional religious ceremony and had a child eight years later. They then separated. In divorce proceedings, the trial court awarded joint legal custody and granted physical custody to the wife with liberal visitation from the husband. During and after marriage, the parties followed the tenants of the Hindu faith. Their relationship was volatile and marked by the husband’s physical and mental abuse of the wife. The parties disagree about the performance of a Hindu religious ritual (Chadukarana) upon their young daughter, which involves shaving the child’s head, placing a mark on the head and conferring blessings. The husband believes it is necessary and the wife does not.
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