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Can vaccination opinions hurt your chances at custody?

There has been a long debate in recent years over the safety of vaccinations for children. This has been occurring all over the country, including Texas, and in most areas, the anti-vaccine movement has died out with parents coming to the conclusion vaccinating children is the best option. This opinion matches that of the medical community and the court system.

If you are concerned that your anti-vaccination viewpoint could hurt your chances at getting custody of your child during your divorce, then you are right to be worried. The chances are very good that your opinions on vaccines could affect the court's ruling on custody, according to the National Vaccine Information Center. Most courts will side with the parent wanting to vaccinate.

In general, the only reason to not vaccinate a child that is routinely accepted is a medically backed reason. This could be your child had a previous adverse reaction to a vaccine or that your child has a compromised immune system. Other reasons, such as religious beliefs or personal convictions, do not typically stand up in court.

The main reason for this is that the courts follow the general beliefs of society. Currently, society is overwhelmingly in favor of vaccinations for healthy children to prevent the resurgence of diseases and to protect those who cannot be vaccinated. The best solution if you find yourself arguing over vaccinations is to negotiate a resolution before you get to court. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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