A father-of-eight has refused to take part in divorce proceedings at a Queensland court because he believes his religion is above the law.
The unnamed man initially avoided being served with divorce papers, refused to answer questions in a hearing and declined to say whether he was acting on his own behalf.
The 49-year-old, whose religion was also not disclosed, was accused of telling his 17-year-old son to vandalise his mother’s home and terrorise her so she would call off the divorce.
The judge presiding over the divorce case said he hoped he never had another one like it, the Courier-Mail reports.
“(He) stated in the clearest of terms that the court did not have jurisdiction … because, as he put it, his marriage was governed by a contract entered into pursuant to (religion),” Judge Philip Burchardt said.
The woman left the 22-year marriage after her husband held a knife to the throat of their daughter.
The mother now has sole custody of three younger children, while the family has another four adult children who no longer live at home.
Source: The Courier-Mail