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Handling the vaccination dilemma as co-parents

On Behalf of | Sep 27, 2022 | Child Custody

With the recent outbreak of communicable diseases in the United States, many parents in West Virginia are taking measures like vaccinating their children to protect them. However, there have been controversies on the safety of vaccines used for this purpose, where some people believe that the side effects outweigh the good they are supposed to do. And so some parents are against the idea of their children getting those vaccines. If you and the other parent can’t see eye to eye on this matter, you may need to explore legal options to ensure that your child gets what’s best for them.

Understand your partner’s perspective

Parents are driven by good intentions for their children, and so their disapproval of vaccines, to them, may seem like what’s best for their kids. They may have valid concerns about the safety of certain vaccines. If you can see where they’re coming from, it’ll be easier to explain your own perspective and come to a compromise.

Consider what’s best for your child

In the end, you need to do what’s best for your child. If both parents can’t agree on whether or not to vaccinate their child, it may be necessary to consult with a third party, like a doctor, to get their professional opinion on the drug before making your decision.

Making the final decision

If you share legal joint child custody, you may need to go to court to settle the matter. If one parent has primary legal custody, they will likely have the final say in whether or not their child gets vaccinated. However, it’s important to discuss this with the other parent beforehand, if possible, to make them aware of what’s about to happen.

It can be difficult to come to a consensus on how to raise your children when co-parenting with someone else. But it’s important to remember that you’re both working towards the same goal: ensuring that your child is healthy and happy.