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CA divorce lawyerVaccinations have been around for a long time. They protect against a variety of illnesses ranging from deadly, such as measles, to moderate, such as the flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 21 million hospitalizations and three-quarters of a million deaths of small children have been prevented in the last 20 years due to vaccinations. Internationally, 90,000 people die of measles each year, though 20 million lives have been saved due to the measles vaccination since the year 2000, according to the American Council on Science and Health.

Fear of Vaccinations Founded by Fraudulent Study

Ever since a study was performed in 1998 showing a link between autism and children given vaccinations, there has been hysteria surrounding vaccinations, spurring the “anti-vaxxer” movement. Even though the study was pulled out of publication when it was found that the physician not only conducted the study negligently, but also fraudulently misrepresented the truth and lost his license to practice medicine, millions of parents have refused to give their children vaccinations from diseases like smallpox, measles, and polio. A lack of scientific understanding regarding vaccinations puts their children and other children at risk; to be sure, vaccinations work so well because the disease is eradicated from an entire region when everyone is vaccinated against it. If you are in a dispute with the other parent regarding immunization, you may need to discuss your options with an experienced San Jose child custody lawyer.

Best Interest of Child

When it comes to vaccination decisions, only the parent with legal custody can make medical decisions, such as whether or not to vaccinate their child. As such, it is relatively simple in this scenario. The legal custody parent has full say. However, when both parents have legal custody over their child, it can be difficult to reach an agreement when one does not believe in vaccinations. In this case, while it is usually best to settle this type of difference outside of the courtroom, a judge may be necessary to make a final decision.


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California divorce attorneyMarried couples who decided to adopt face a similar situation that other couples face when they decide to get divorced. If you are going through a divorce, and have an adopted child of any age (under 18), it is in your best interest to contact a San Jose divorce and child custody attorney at once to discuss your options and legal plan to achieve your custody goals.

The Court Treats an Adopted Child Like a Biological Child

You may have heard that during a court decision regarding child custody, California family courts make the decision in favor of the child’s best interest. This could mean joint legal custody, sole legal custody for one parent, physical custody for one parent, split custody if there are multiple children that do not get along or visitation rights for the father or mother. When a child has been adopted by a couple, the court uses the same set of criteria to come to its custody conclusion. Usually, the court believes that joint custody is in the child’s best interest, as having both parents in his or her life will lead to decreased chances of behavioral and learning problems--two things that adopted children are more likely to suffer from regardless, according to the Atlantic. The criteria that the court takes into consideration include:

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