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Who decides if your children get vaccinated or attend in-person classes?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2021 | Child Custody

Many parents have had to make important decisions regarding their children’s health and education during the COVID pandemic. Attending school remotely can protect your child’s health, but will it result in reduced academic performance? While COVID vaccinations have proven safe, some parents worry about possible side effects in their children.

Even happily married couples may disagree on issues involving their children’s health and education. Once a couple divorces, reaching an agreement can be more difficult.

Who makes health care and education decisions for children after divorce?

Learning about custody laws in Virginia can help you better protect your children when a dispute arises during or after divorce.

There are two kinds of child custody in Virginia: physical and legal. Physical custody determines where a child lives and how much time the child spends with each parent. Legal custody is the right to make important decisions involving a child’s health, education and religious upbringing.

In some cases, one parent has sole legal custody. However, it is far more common for both parents to share legal custody regardless of where the child lives. This means that both parents will have to agree about COVID vaccinations and in-person vs. remote classes for their children. If the parents cannot agree, ultimately a court may have to decide.

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