Elina Margolina and Nelson Derbigny divorced in 2007 and are currently in trial to settle a custody dispute over their 8-year-old son in Cook County Circuit Court. Margolina, who is in her 30s, wants sole custody of their son and seeks to dissolve a previous joint custody agreement with her ex-husband.
Margolina became a devout Hasidic Jew after the divorce and wants to raise their son under the religion's traditions. She claims Derbigny's refusal to maintain a kosher home and guarantee that their son will wear a yarmulke to school will damage the 8-year-old's religious upbringing.
But Derbigny, 52, argued that he should get sole custody because Margolina's stringent expectations for the boy's religious upbringing are keeping Derbigny from being a part of their son's life.