COVID-19 VACCINATION AFFECTING DIVORCE – KNOW HOW?
👉 Covid Vaccination – The Healing
The world has started to breathe comfortably again as vaccination drives are gaining momentum everywhere. In the United States, Covid vaccination centers are functioning with no threshold to let the healing reach everyone.
Covid-19 Vaccine mandates are everywhere in the United States, from federal and other court employees to private organizations and international travel. The White House, on October 20, 2021, said that it is ready to quickly roll out COVID-19 vaccines for kids of age 5 to 11 if the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for that age group gets approval from the Food and Drug Administration and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
👉 Kids Vaccination – The Confusion
When everyone was waiting for the dawn of the Covid-19 vaccine, it wasn’t the time anybody thought about going through a tunnel of confusion with no end on either side.
The day that came with vaccines for kids of age 12 to 15 after getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration and other concerned authorities, made available for the young citizens, came along with many deviating theories supported with misinformation.
It made it essential for the government to spread awareness about the Covid19 vaccines posing no harm to kids’ health.
👉 Children Vaccination – A Reason for Divorce?
Unlike previous vaccine skepticism (some parents still believe vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems in kids), which was based on erroneous misinformation, urban legends, and inaccurate studies or studies are taken out of context, many parents today have real concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine — particularly when it comes to vaccinating their children.
But has COVID become a reason for divorce among couples?
When parents are getting divorced and cannot agree on life decisions, vaccination has become another topic of heated disputes, leading to divorces.
Even though approximately half of all Americans are completely vaccinated, it has only been months since the FDA approved the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid vaccines for children aged 12 to 15. As a result, many family law attorneys or lawyers are already involved in divorce battles about vaccination.
👉 Case Precedents for Vaccination – Decisions from Past Cases
The pandemic brought many changes in our lives, and surprisingly, vaccination once again came into the judicial sphere for couples who have filed for divorce and can’t agree on the judicial custody of their children.
While the fast-tracked development and collaborative distribution of the Covid vaccine have been unprecedented in the public health field, the judicial system has had a lot to say about the vaccination of children in the past.
The most relevant example comes from a court decision in 2015, where Pennsylvania appellate judges denied a mother’s custody of her child solely because of her “unreasonable and dangerous” anti-vaccine stance. Although this case occurred over five years before the onset of the pandemic, by upholding the father’s sole legal custody, the courts have indicated that pre-COVID anti-vax positions are not only unfounded but unsafe for a child’s development.
👉 The Judicial Response
How the courts will respond to more reasonable claims against the COVID-19 vaccine is yet to be known. Previous cases indicate that divorcing parents will not only vehemently fight to imprint their beliefs on their children but will waste thousands of dollars attempting to outdo their ex-spouse in court.
Vaccination conflict nicely illustrates the family law paradox: the more time parents spend arguing over their children, the less money is left to provide for them. The more parents spend on lawyers and litigation; the less money is left over for the kids to live on.
While courts and judges prefer not to decide whether to vaccinate a child, they will if the separating parents cannot cooperate.
👉 Parents Still Hesitate to Vaccinate Their Kids
Even after the proven effectiveness of vaccines to prevent kids from the demon of Covid-19, parents still feel unsafe about the use of vaccines for their kids. Despite its demonstrated effectiveness among the fully immunized adult population, COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy has stiffened dramatically over the last six months.
In a study conducted by Outbreaks Near Me, less than half of parents who responded said they would allow their children to receive the vaccination, with over a third saying they would not administer to their children at all. Another third of respondents claimed they needed more information before vaccinating their children, deciding to take a wait-and-see approach rather than commit to a stance.
Another survey coordinated by the Kaiser Family Fund Poll found very similar results, as 32 percent of the parents polled claimed they were unsure whether to allow their teenage child to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Although these surveys do not represent concrete facts, it is clear that parents, in general, are skeptical about giving the vaccine to their children, creating even more disunity amongst divorcing parents.
Family lawyers are pushing hard through arguments in the court to favor the perceptions of their clients, and It has been a tough call for the judiciary to decide. The situation still seeks a firm judicial stand in divorce cases where vaccination has added one more point of disagreement.
👉 Let the Children Decide for Themselves?
It may seem a more straightforward approach to allow the children to decide if they want the COVID vaccine, especially when considering how costly and vicious the custodial battle can be between disagreeing exes.
However, as with most custody laws, each state handles these situations differently. In custody cases, many states permit judges to appoint counsel on behalf of the child, although their age will ultimately determine how much weight is given to their testimony.
While it would be nearly impossible for a judge to deny a 15-year-old the opportunity to receive the vaccine if they want to obtain it, issues involving children under 12 will be handled entirely by the parents. Whether or not children have a say in vaccination decisions, the debate over vaccinating children will only become more complicated as vaccine apprehension continues to climb, despite more and more Americans getting vaccinated every day.
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