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Covid-19 Family Law Issues

The Covid19 pandemic has been the most severe pandemic in over 100 years. Among its many ramifications have been how divorced couples and families manage the many questions surrounding handling children’s issues, particularly vaccinations and still masking. As more highly transmissive Covid variants emerge, questions that may seem to have been settled are returning. Our firm has handled several disputes in this area where parents may have profound disagreements, particularly over vaccinations. Whether one parent has the right to vaccinate their child(ren) without the other parents approval depends upon the type of conservatorship in the court order.

Below are a number of resources to help inform clients regarding this sometimes contentious issue:

https://www.patricialbrownlaw.com/blog/2021/12/what-happens-when-divorced-parents-in-texas-disagree-about-whether-to-vaccinate-their-children-for-covid19/

https://www.patricialbrownlaw.com/blog/2021/07/divorced-couples-are-debating-about-covid-19-vaccinations-for-their-children/

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/04/well/covid-vaccine-divorced-parents.html

https://www.npr.org/2021/12/26/1068063571/what-happens-when-divorced-parents-disagree-on-vaccinating-their-child

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-vaccinations-for-kids-spark-battles-between-divorced-parents-11643884208

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-faqs.aspx

https://texaslawhelp.org/article/health-care-and-vaccination-decisions-for-a-child

https://texaslawhelp.org/article/coronavirus-and-child-visitation

https://texaslawhelp.org/article/child-support-and-covid-19

https://texaslawhelp.org/article/family-law-issues-during-covid-19