In situations where the divorce decree outlines that the right to make decisions about invasive medical procedures is jointly shared by both parents, and parents are at odds about the decision to vaccinate, the decision could then be made by a tiebreaker. In this case, the tiebreaker could be the child’s pediatrician, McGrath explains.
However, this issue can easily get more complicated if the child’s physician chooses not to be the tiebreaker. This would mean that the decision could end up in court and fall under the discretion of a judge, McGrath said.
“If you’re going to court and you just want to fight because you just politically don’t agree with this issue and you don’t agree with the vaccination, but you haven’t been intimately involved in the child’s decision-making concerning medical issues, then you’re probably going to be less successful, in my opinion,” McGrath said.