My father who has died converted from being a Protestant to a Catholic. My mother was always Catholic. My father had been married before to a Jewish woman, they had a child and the marriage lasted only 4 years.
During the investigation by the Church, I beieve his ex-wife was contacted and my father seemed surprised that she would respond because it was an accrimonious divorce. She even sent their child to a foster family rather than let my father raise her after several years had passed and he married my mother.
My question is regarding the records. Both my father and his ex-wife are now deceased. Some of my father's ex-wife's descendants are accusing my father of spousal abuse in order to alienate my father's grandchildren by his first marriage from my father. My neice made recognition of his being her grandfather on Facebook and immediatey these people began saying, what I believe are out and out lies, that my father was violent with his first wife.
I intend to look up the divorce records to see if his first wife ever actually made this accusation during the divorce, but since I heard she co-operated when she was contacted by the Church, I was wondering if anyone might know whether her response might be held and available to see if she made such a claim to the Church. My mother is still alive and was wondering, if anyone knows, whether she might be able to request this information.
My mother was married to my father for 5 decades and he was never violently abusive and I don't believe the charge and wouldn't care accept the ones making this claim are swaying some of my father's grandchildren to really hate him and I think this is wrong.
It really bothers me too because he regretted not having been able to raise his child his whole life. Thanks for anyone who may have some suggestions on how to go about finding and/or getting access to these type of records.