WHAT TO DO WHEN PARENTS DISAGREE ABOUT VACCINATING THEIR CHILD(REN)

We are facing serious questions about what to do when parents disagree about whether their child should be vaccinated.

The First Step:

Look at the Court Order If your child is the subject of a court order, then the first step is to look at the terms of that court order. The right to make invasive healthcare decisions is often contested. If the order gives one parent the exclusive right to make this decision, then that parent can decide whether to vaccinate the child. If the other parent objects, then again the terms of the court order control and that parent can either request mediation, consult their assigned parenting facilitator or coordinator, or, if necessary, file a petition in court requesting court intervention.

Mediation, Collaboration, or Consultation:

Often, and when there is no controlling court order, parents have equal rights to decide whether or not to vaccinate their child. If they cannot come to an agreement, they have the option of trying mediation or submitting the issue to a collaborative setting to get help in making this serious decision. They can also work with a parenting coordinator or facilitator to help them make this decision. If these methods do not help, and the parents still cannot decide, then the parents might need to file a petition in court asking a Judge to make this very personal decision about their child.

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