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Church Property - Part 2

A Georgia court concluded that a local church's attempt to disaffiliate from a parent denomination failed because the church did not comply with procedural requirements.

Key point 7-03.3. Most courts apply the "neutral principles of law" rule in resolving disputes over the ownership and control of property in "hierarchical" churches. Under this rule, the civil courts apply neutral principles of law, involving no inquiry into church doctrine, in resolving church property disputes. Generally, this means applying neutral legal principles to nondoctrinal language in any one or more of the following documents: (1) deeds to church property; (2) a church's corporate charter; (3) a state law addressing the resolution of church property disputes; (4) church bylaws; or (5) a parent denomination's bylaws.
State Court Rulings Regarding Church Property Disputes

* A Georgia court concluded that a local church's attempt to disaffiliate from a parent denomination failed because the church did not comply with procedural requirements specified in the denomination's constitution. ...

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  • January 3, 2005

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