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The Importance of Parents Exchanging Healthcare Information About Their Children in Massachusetts

In child custody cases, each party's parenting skills are frequently a key issue. One particularly important area in which this can be seen is with regard to the children's medical care and health issues. For instance, parents can and often do argue over whether a child was taken to the doctor too much, too little, or too late.

For parents who no longer live together, it is very important that they keep each other informed of issues pertaining to a child's health, education, and welfare. Many court orders now routinely include this requirement because judges believe it to be in the children's best interest.

With regard to healthcare issues in particular, it is very important that parents exchange this type of information in a timely manner. The failure to do so could give rise to an action seeking a change of custody.

Most reasonable parents would agree that they should immediately notify each other when their child is taken to the Emergency Room for any reason. A recently published article discussed situations in which a child should be taken to the Emergency Room, including the following:

  • Neck stiffness or rash with fever,
  • Fever in a newborn over 100.4 F,
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness, confusion, headache or vomiting,
  • Burns if larger than your child's palm, if deep or discolored, or if caused by a chemical, and 
  • Severe abdominal pain

Should you have questions issues related to your child's health, education, and welfare, contact the Law Office of Renee Lazar via telephone 978-844-4095 or email to schedule a consultation.

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