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If Parents Disagree about COVID-19 Vaccines, an Experienced Divorce Attorney can Help

Many divorces are rife with disagreements, some can be worked out in one conversation, and others require several before a consensus is achieved.

Divorce, Children and Vaccines: Who Calls The Shots in New Jersey?If an agreement-even through mediation cannot be reached-it must be decided in family court. Each partner feels that their opinion makes the most sense, and the decision should go their way.  Sometimes, the disagreement comes from an emotional place, whereas the content is not as important as is “winning.”  Frequently, it is helpful to seek legal advice from a knowledgeable source who can give you direction.

This is especially the case when deciding whether or not the children will be vaccinated. With the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines, which are now available in pretty much every pharmacy around, the WHO has recommended that children ages 12 and up to be vaccinated due to the stronger Delta Variant, which has recently been identified as a stronger strain. That being said, opinions differ over vaccines and some parents inevitably fall on different sides of the issue due to religion, medical, and other considerations and priorities.

What about the Child Custody Agreements?

Before discussing which parent has the say-so regarding vaccines, one must identify the type of custody and the rights there within. The custody agreement identifies what kind of custody is endowed to each parent. Legal custody can also be sole or joint and refers to the parent’s educational, religious, and medical decisions (s) for the children. Sole physical custody enables a parent to have the children reside with him/her.  Joint physical custody means the ex-spouses share physical custody of the children.  Frequently, a schedule is worked out between the parents; many choose one week on and one-off or two weeks at a time. Parent’s Joint custody means that both parents must reach an agreement.  If, after discussion, the parents disagree, a trip to family court may be the only solution.

What are my Scenarios in Case of Disagreement?

Hopefully, the disagreement will be solved between you and your former spouse; however, if that isn’t the case, keep the following in mind:

Parents’ Personal Opinions

Both parents are permitted to present evidence/experts to support their refusal to vaccinate their child or not. Historically, personal opinions are not as vital as professional testimony from the child’s medical providers.

Religious beliefs

This is also another point of contention when vaccinating or not vaccinating the children is in dispute. The court must be convinced, with evidence demonstrating a devout following of the religion, to give credit to the argument. Even then, it is frequently insufficient evidence to sway a decision.

Parental involvement

What are my Scenarios in Case of Disagreement?This is also taken into consideration by the court when making its decision.  If the father has spent a much greater percentage of time with the children and is opposed to vaccinating them, the court may rule in his favor.

Parents have their children’s best interests at heart. If one parent refuses to have their children vaccinated, due to a religious belief or a health concern, when an agreement cannot be reached between both parents, the court must decide.  You must have the best legal representation to guide you through this process.

Contact our Family Law Attorneys for a Free Consultation

Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to go to bat for you and protect you and your children’s rights at Bronzino Law Firm.

Our team is committed to listening to your personal argument and helping you reach an agreement in the child´s best interests. We encourage you to contact us for immediate help in this respect. We have successfully represented a multitude of clients in Brick, Sea Girt, Toms River, Lakewood, Berkeley, Wall Township, and across the Jersey Shore.

If you are involved in or anticipate becoming involved in a legal fight over the COVID-19 vaccine, we urge you to contact us online for a free initial consultation or through our office in Brick, New Jersey at (732) 812-3102.

Revising Co-parenting Plans as Families go Through this Unprecedented Pandemic in New Jersey

The current public health emergency has taught us that to protect parental rights, and children, custody agreements must be flexible and adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic’s limitations. This new factor needs to be considered by spouses who have separated in 2021 and are in the process of creating temporary custody arrangements.

What Is A Co-Parenting Or Custody Plan?

Do Co-Parenting Plans Need to Be Revised During The Covid-19 Pandemic?A co-parenting plan is a legally binding written document that describes how separated or divorced parents will raise their children. A co-parenting plan during this public health situation and at any other time for that matter, is designed to keep in mind the children’s best interests and carefully outline the time-sharing schedule that each parent should comply with. Other data such as scheduling, decision-making regarding the children, and exchanges of information, are some of the most basic ones that should be included in the plan. The Co-Parenting Plan should also state how parents will communicate on behalf of the children, extra-curricular activities, and resolve any issues the parents might share, such as traveling with children out of state during the crisis.

How To Create a Covid-19 Custody Contract

Establishing a Covid Contract to agree on safety precautions, travel guidelines, and specific parenting time arrangements applicable to the pandemic only (for example, switching from in-person reunions to virtual sessions) is advisable for separated or divorced parents.

When setting up the agreement, an option is limiting it to the duration of the pandemic and making that clear when recording it. For example, including a disclosure such as “This agreement is in effect for the duration of the pandemic,” or “This agreement is in effect until XXX date.” Also, additional variables should be included in the agreement, such as it being effective only until full-time in-person school is resumed or until one of the parents goes back to working full-time at an office location.

Important Data to Include In a Co-Parenting Plan

Below are some basic guidelines for issues you might encounter when creating a new temporary parenting plan.

  • Choose the most appropriate way to split the time the child spends with each parent.
  • Outline any other restrictions based on behavior issues that both parents should agree on, like screen time, social media, TV shows, and movies that are not recommended for other children the same age.
  • Set up a meticulous homeschool itinerary, different from regular at-home spare time.
  • Establish rules for interacting with people external to the home.
  • Design rules regarding parental behavior to provide the child with a consistent role model, based on State and County public health guidelines.
  • Describe the rules for child exchange, complying with the pandemic’s restriction related to travel and quarantine needs.
  • Contingency plan to reschedule any missed parenting time due to pandemic restrictions. A parent who is limited to only Zoom meetings might want to be allowed to have some extra in-person time once the pandemic ends.
  • Holiday time-sharing schedule, considering holiday activities and traditions, encourages the children’s notion of not changing their lifestyle.
  • Most importantly, establish how long the agreement will be enforced and details regarding how the co-parenting agreement functions once the initial plan ends.

Covid-19 Parenting Plan Duration

After the plan has been recorded in writing, parents can also want to revisit the plate on a scheduled agreed date to ensure everything should be kept the same or if any temporary changes need to be added to benefit. Perhaps, creating a Covid Plan or Non-Covid Plan.

Contact our Knowledgeable Co-Parenting Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one are going through a separation or are already divorced and would like to ensure the children’s right to healthy co-parenting during the Covid-19 pandemic, you are entitled to seek a Child Custody Lawyer better guide you.

At Bronzino Law Firm,  we take pride in successfully representing clients in Brick, Sea Girt, Toms River, and Wall Township and across the Jersey Shore. Whether you are currently going through a custody battle or only need to revise your co-parenting plan, contact

Attorney Peter Bronzino and our highly qualified legal team are prepared to handle your case, starting with a free and confidential consultation about your divorce or custody issues in Monmouth County, Ocean County, and surrounding areas. Please contact us online or through either our Brick or Sea Girt, NJ offices at (732) 812-3102.