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Vaccinations As a Dispute in a Child Custody Case

Sunday, February 24, 2019

child getting vaccination in doctor's office

Divorce with kids has never been simple. There have always been things to fight over, but they were things that you would expect. What school would the kids go to? What religion would they practice and where would they do it? You know, more common things like that. However, there has recently been just one more complication that has arisen in divorce cases - should the kids be vaccinated?

There are those that argue that vaccinations cause autism and other developmental issues in a child. As such, these parents have decided to forgo vaccinations. However, does that decision need to be respected in the event of a divorce?

As you would expect, the issue is complicated in several different ways. A judge is responsible for making decisions that are in the best interest of the child, so going to court is likely to yield a decision that vaccination is indeed in the best interest for the child as well as other children they will come in contact with. Furthermore, parents will have to keep certain laws in mind. Some states and even some specific schools will only allow a child to attend school if they have their vaccinations. This can impede how both parents want to school their children, and may actually force their hand on the decision.

If you and your ex-spouse are split on the decision to vaccinate your children, those against should strongly prepare that if they head to court for the possibility that the court will force them to do so for the safety of the child and other children.

If you are starting the divorce process, you will need representation. It may not seem like it will be a contentious event right now, but every divorce has its complication. Contact us today to see what the Law Office of Jamra & Jamra can do for you.