Vaccination & COVID-19 in Family Law matters

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Vaccination & COVID-19 in Family Law matters

Normally parents have equal shared parental responsibility for their children, including the right to make decisions about the children’s medical care.

We are involved in an increasing number of cases where parents are unable to reach an agreement about vaccination issues for their children; and of course, these issues will be amplified once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

The  ABC News Article ‘Coronavirus vaccine race raises questions over potential parental disagreements’ by Rhiannon Shine published on Monday, 19 October 2020 explores some of these issues, which is summed up below.

Key points

  • There have been several Family Court decisions on child vaccine disputes
  • Parents can apply to the court for sole responsibility over vaccines
  • The lawyer mentioned in the article says court action should always be a last resort

If vaccination issues are important in your family, we recommend considering the issues raised in the ABC article.

Our Family Law Solicitors are happy to provide you with any advice you may require regarding any vaccination issues you may be facing in your Family Law matter and can be contacted on 02 4929 2225.