What Happens When Divorced Parents Don’t Agree on Vaccinations? (Pt 2)

If you and your spouse can’t agree, the court will make the decision for you, based on several factors…

Hi there and welcome back. We’ve been talking about a very controversial issue when it comes to divorce. That’s right, vaccinations. And no matter where you fall on the spectrum of opinions, chances are you feel very strongly about whether or not parents should vaccinate their kids. However, one thing we’re trying NOT to do here is tell you what’s right or wrong when it comes to immunizations.

Parents in Michigan have the right to choose

We believe very strongly that each parent has the right to do what they believe is right for their children, and since the state of Michigan has made it legal for a parent to make that choice, we certainly aren’t going to tell you what’s right for your family. What we would like to do, however, is explain what options are available to you when you and your soon-to-be-ex part ways and can’t agree on immunizing your kids. Because if you can’t come to some kind of workable terms, the family court will step in and make that decision for you.

The court will do what they think is best for your child

If divorcing parents can’t agree on whether or not their kids should have shots, the issue will be handled by the family court. And this is where it gets tricky, because there is no way to know how a judge will rule on this issue. There have been many situations in the past where Judges simply ruled that children should be vaccinated because that is the prevailing mindset and is recommended by most doctors. However, some Judges will consider other factors, like which parent will be providing most of the care.

Some judges look to the primary care provider

We have known Judges who, instead of making a determination based on current popular medial opinions, instead looked to whichever parent will be the primary care provider. In most cases this is the mother, and when both parents have legal custody to make medical decisions, a number of Michigan Judges have simply allowed the parent providing the majority of the care to make the decision as to whether or not the children should be vaccinated. Either way, if the court decides, you can’t be certain you’ll get what you want.

This is where a good lawyer comes in.

Making decision about your child’s care post-divorce can be a very stressful process, and is best navigated with the help of someone who understands the law and knows exactly what you’re up against. If you’re considering divorce and you know that certain parenting decisions are going to be sticking points, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245 and talk to one of our experienced family law attorneys. We can help you fight for what’s best for your children and your future.