What happens in a divorce situation when one parent wants the child to be vaccinated and the other refuses based on religious beliefs? A Connecticut Superior Court Judge has answered that question in the case of Archer vs. Cassel.
The non-custodial spouse favored vaccination so as to comply with enrollment requirements at a pre-school program. The spouse with temporary custody claimed a constitutional right to refuse vaccination for the child based on a claimed religious belief.
The Court ruled that the parent seeking vaccination should have final decision-making authority concerning the child’s health if the parties could not agree on a joint course of action. The Court based its decision on the relevant statutory criteria of C.G.S. 46b-56.
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