Navigating co-parenting post-separation can be a challenging time. More specially, it can be difficult to see eye-to-eye with an ex-partner on big decisions relating to children such as which school a child is to attend, or the major medical treatment they receive. COVID has added another big decision to be made jointly; should your child be vaccinated against COVID?
Keep reading to understand legal advice for this particular situation on co-parenting and vaccination disagreements about your child or children.
The question of whether a child should be vaccinated is governed by the same principles and law that dictates most parenting matters, that is, whether receiving or not receiving the vaccination is in the child’s best interest.
If in conflict, the need to protect a child from risk from harm outweighs the importance of having a meaningful relationship with both parents.
Decisions regarding children being vaccinated and other major medical decisions should generally be made by the parents jointly, after consultation with one another and medical and legal professionals if necessary. There is no uniform answer that applies to all children as no two children are the same.
A parent who opposes a child being vaccinated with a vaccination encouraged by the government without good reason to do so (such as the child being likely to have an adverse medical reaction), is at risk of jeopardising the final outcome of their parenting case.
When deciding who the child spends time with, the Court may draw an adverse finding that adopting such a position, if unreasonable, demonstrates the parent is unable to act in a child-focused manner and properly parent the child.
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