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What happens if parents disagree on vaccinating their child against COVID-19?

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With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations for Australian children aged 5-11 this week, many parents are rushing to have their little ones protected. But what happens when parents don’t agree on vaccination?

Family Law partner Eva Bailey recently spoke with Sonya Feldoff on ABC Adelaide radio to discuss this issue and where to turn for support or advice.

You can listen to the full interview here. 

If you or someone you know are faced with this difficult and sensitive situation, and you can’t find resolution through discussion, we recommend that you seek advice from a third party.

This could be a GP, the family relationship advice line or a mediator. If parents can’t come to agreement on important medical decisions for their children, sometimes the family court will be asked to step in to make the decision for them.

It's important to know that while the Family Court will look at all of the facts before them, in general, it is likely that the Court will adopt the views of scientists, doctors and official government policy, as they have done in past cases involving disputes about the vaccination of children.

You can contact the family law team at Andersons if you require assistance in relation to a dispute in your family about vaccinating your child against COVID-19.

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Please note, this Blog is posted in Adelaide, South Australia by Andersons Solicitors. It relates to South Australian legislation. Andersons Solicitors is a medium sized law firm servicing metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia across all areas of law for individuals and businesses.

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