Challenges for Families and the COVID Vaccine

Family law addresses its fair share of challenges that relate to family life, and the COVID vaccine is poised to join the growing list of such challenges. Family law deals with evolving social concerns, and COVID-19 vaccines fit the bill nicely. The plan is for all Americans over the age of 16 to be vaccinated in the very near future, and research is in the works regarding vaccinating children who are as young as two years old.

Not every parent, however, shares the same views when it comes to making important decisions on behalf of their children, and COVID-19 and the vaccines that protect against it tend to elicit very strong opinions. When parents disagree about whether their older children should be vaccinated or not, the law is sometimes required to weigh in – and as we move forward with COVID vaccinations, we can expect more conflicts to arise. If you are facing a family law issue that relates to parental rights – such as whether or not your children should be vaccinated – reach out to an experienced Georgia family law attorney today.

Legal Custody

In the State of Georgia, child custody is divided into both legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to who makes important decisions on behalf of the children, including decisions that fall into all of the following categories:

  • Non-emergency Health care
  • Education
  • Religious education
  • Extracurriculars

Because divorced parents very often share legal custody, the matter of COVID vaccine controversies is expected to heat up and continue apace. When both parents share legal custody but adamantly disagree regarding whether or not their shared children should be vaccinated for COVID, family law has final authority on the matter.

Turn to an Experienced Georgia Family Law Attorney Today

If you are facing a family law concern regarding vaccinations – or anything else – the dedicated Forsyth County and Cumming family law attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland are committed to skillfully advocating in defense of your parental rights and in pursuit of your case’s best possible resolution. Our accomplished legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information about how we can help you today.