A judge cannot force a divorced mother to take a child out of the unaccredited Hebrew school of her choice and enroll her in an accredited school without first determining what would be the best interests of the child.

A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that more than just a school’s accreditation status must be taken into account. “Even in cases in which religious training is not added to the mix, a court tasked with resolving a dispute between divorced parents over school selection must engage in a sensitive, fact-intensive analysis focused on the best interests of the child,” Appellate Division Judges Carmen Alvarez and Mitchel Ostrer wrote.

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