The holiday season is stressful for many families. And the balancing act of co-parenting is particularly hard this time of year. On top of the usual struggles, many parents are dealing with a disagreement over vaccinating their children.
Making medical decisions for your children isn’t easy. There are countless situations where there isn’t just one right answer. Everything from minor dental procedures to major surgery can involve weighing factors that aren’t clearly defined. Parents often disagree over the proper course of action. That doesn’t get any easier in a co-parenting situation.
COVID-19 vaccination is a hot-button issue around the country. There’s no denying that people have strong opinions about vaccination for themselves and others.
This charged atmosphere now has a new facet. Children as young as 5 can now receive a vaccination.
Shared custody means that two parents who disagree about the choice to vaccinate could be in for a fight. Here, as always, it’s a good idea to try to work it out with your co-parent before bringing it to a courtroom
Experienced family law attorneys can help you plan the next step if you and your co-parent can’t agree. Your attorney might help you frame the argument in a better way. At the very least, your attorney can help you gather the information you need to support your position, whether in court or negotiations.
It’s unlikely that the judge in your family court will order your child to get or not get the vaccine. Instead, courts are likely to decide which parent should get to make the final decision.
A court’s decision often comes down to which side better demonstrates that they are looking at the best interests of the child. Most proceedings regarding children in family court come down to this issue. Who is looking out for the child?
Making medical decisions for your child is a serious responsibility. It’s important to put yourself in the best position to do what’s right for your child. If you’re facing a disagreement over the proper course of action for your child when it comes to a medical issue, you need to speak to a lawyer.