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How medical treatment can affect child custody decisions

| Nov 10, 2020 | Child Custody |

When it comes to child custody disputes, there are many different considerations you will need to keep in mind throughout the process. For example, you should review the factors that can affect how a court decides to award custody.

Many different components can affect custody decisions, with the laws varying from state to state. Sometimes, allegations that a parent failed to provide a child with adequate medical treatment can interfere with their ability to obtain or maintain custody rights. To make matters worse, these cases are sometimes especially complex due to a heated dispute that involves a bitter ex and false accusations.

How does medical treatment factor in?

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, when a parent has the ability to provide a child with medical care but fails to do so on a repeat basis, the court will consider that information in their final custody decision.

Unfortunately, some parents may be wrongly accused of denying their child necessary medical treatment, either because their ex does not fully understand the efforts they have already taken or because their ex intentionally lies to gain the upper hand during a custody battle. In these sorts of situations, hiring an experienced family law attorney can be critically important.

How can you protect your custody rights?

It is crucial to prove that you care about your child and are capable of providing them with medical treatment and any other resources they may need. For example, if your ex falsely claims that you denied your child the treatment they needed, gather evidence (such as medical bills) that proves you took all necessary steps.

Custody battles can become very contentious and emotional. Whenever possible, try to remain calm and not let negative emotions like anxiety or anger get in the way of your pursuit for custody.