Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children as young as 12, more and more divorced parents are having discussions as to whether or not they should have their children vaccinated. Depending on the details of your child custody order, the answer may vary. The power to make medical-related choices lies with legal custody, so if one of you was awarded sole legal custody, that parent has the power to make this decision, regardless if the other parent consents to it.
Resolving the Issue
If one parent has sole legal custody, resolving disagreements regarding the COVID-19 vaccine will likely be rather straightforward, unless the parent’s views on vaccines changed dramatically recently. Under these circumstances, the parent without legal custody could petition the court for shared legal custody due to a significant change in circumstances, especially if the court believes this may put the children at risk.
In cases where parents share legal custody and disagree about getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19, it is best to first consider resolving this matter with the advice of the children’s pediatrician and other verified medical sources. If a resolution still cannot be achieved, mediation may help parents reach an effective compromise without having to attend court.
If you and your co-parent have exhausted your options and cannot come to an agreement, you will have to take this matter to court where the details of your case will be evaluated and a decision will be rendered based on the best interests of your children. It is crucial to hire an experienced family law attorney to represent your case and ensure the best results.
Schedule a Consultation with a Knowledgeable Family Lawyer to Discuss the Details of Your Case!
If you and your co-parent disagree about getting your children vaccinated against COVID-19, you may need the assistance of a skilled family law attorney to help you achieve a resolution. At Fait & DiLima, LLP, our legal team is backed by more than five decades of collective experience, which we will use to your advantage. With our team on your side, you can feel confident that you will receive the most favorable outcome for your case.
Reach out to our law firm today at (301) 888-6384 to schedule an initial case evaluation with one of our attorneys to get started and learn more about what we can do to help you.