In my last post, I mentioned some of the family law bills currently in the Maryland legislature. One bill I did not mention was a bill to keep a spouse from wrongfully denying another spouse a religious divorce, most often an issue for Catholics (anullment) and Jews (get). A "religious divorce" as I have termed it, is completely separate from the civil divorce and court proceedings. One's faith may require such a religious divorce to permit the former spouse to re-marry. Unfortunately, after a bitter divorce the other spouse may still have bad feelings and refuse to cooperate, knowingly preventing the former spouse from re-marrying. One such situation is currently going on in Florida. In my practice, I try to anticipate this problem, and often suggest that a clause for cooperation is included in settlement agreements when it is an issue for one of the spouses.