Shared Legal Custody & The COVID-19 Vaccine | What to Know

Shared Legal Custody & The COVID-19 Vaccine | What to Know

Parents often disagree about how to raise their children. Currently, many parents are struggling to agree when it comes to vaccinating their children against COVID-19. If you and your ex-spouse are struggling to make this decision, our firm is here to help. Read on to learn more.

What are the Different Types of Custody?

There are two main types of custody that can be awarded to a parent in the state of New Jersey:

  • Physical Custody: This determines the individual with whom the child lives and spends the majority of their time. They are responsible for providing the child with a stable upbringing. If parents are able to equally divide their parenting time, it is known as joint physical custody.
  • Legal Custody: This allows a parent the right to be involved in making important decisions for their child throughout their upbringing. This can include matters such as the child’s health, education, religion, and general well-being. Parents should fight for legal custody, even if they do not have physical custody. Sole legal custody may be granted in cases where one parent cannot work with the other to make decisions in the child’s best interest. 

Steps to Take in the Event of Disagreement

If you and your ex-spouse share legal custody, you will both have to agree when it comes to vaccinating your child. If you are not on the same page, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Speak with your child’s pediatrician. This will help you make the most informed decision.
  • The objecting parent may need to request mediation. This involves a neutral third party helping you and your ex come to an agreement about the matter at hand.
  • If mediation is unsuccessful, you may need the help of a New Jersey family court. Reach out to an experienced family law attorney to discuss your options.

Our firm is here to advocate for you and your child. Contact us today to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney.

Contact our Firm

We understand how emotional and difficult matters of family law can be. If you need the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney to help protect your right to your family, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm. We are eager and dedicated to helping you through this difficult time. Our personal injury specialists at Greenberg & Walden, LLC are standing by for a free initial consultation. Call us at 201-528-6928

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