Saturday, June 04, 2016

Federal Court Dismisses Challenge To State Custody Order

In Goffstein v. Sieve, (SD OH, June 2, 2016), an Ohio federal district court dismissed a suit claiming that an Ohio domestic relations court judge in removing custody of four children from their Orthodox Jewish mother had infringed the mother's right to control the education of her children and the children's right to practice their religion. The court gave custody to the father who was no longer practicing Orthodox Judaism and who sent the children to public school instead of to yeshivas. The court held that its review of the claims is precluded by the Rooker-Feldman doctrine which bars lower federal courts from conducting appellate review of final state-court judgments.