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The Noncustodial Parent and Medical Treatment

By William Bernet M. D


Despite the frequency of divorce, there are no comprehensive guidelines for the relative rights of.custodial and noncustodial parents. Since there are no definite rules for the parties to follow, divorced parents receive conflicting advice and are more likely to engage in bitter misunderstandings. This paper creates a framework for defining whether the noncustodial parent has a right to authorize emergency medical care, routine medical care, serious nonemergency medical care, psychiatric evaluation, and psychiatric treatment. The author suggests that the noncustodial parent should be able to authorize routine medical treatment, but not routine psychiatric treatment. With the frequency of divorce being so high, more and more children are being raised in at least two households. The relationship between the divorced par-ents is often contentious and children suffer when they are victims of an on-going dispute over both big and little issues. One issue that creates a great deal of misunderstanding and anger is defin-ing the relative rights of the custodial and the noncustodial parents. There is disagreement regarding this issue among professionals who work with divorced parents. There is a big difference be-tween the stated, for instance, the strict This paper was presented at the annual meeting of th

Year: 2016
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