Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Child's Vaccination-Related Family Disputes in Canada

From Law Times:

In family law disputes over the vaccination of children, caselaw suggests courts will follow government health recommendations on vaccine safety in determining the best interests of the child.

In a child custody case, the judge noted the issue over whether the child would take the COVID vaccine would be an imminent concern. The court granted the mother sole custody, though, the father was given exclusive authority over all future vaccination decisions for the child when it was proved that the mother was negligent in their child's healthcare, specifically she did not comply with the vaccination schedule.

The court considered the father had the child's best interests with respect to the vaccination decisions for complying with the government health recommendations. 

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