Massachusetts divorce lawyer Nicole K. Levy guest blogs on legal custody at Skylark Law & Mediation’s divorce blog, Scaling the Summit, with her latest entry in the series, “Assumption 2 of 4 – Consent to Medical Treatment”.
Nicole’s four-part blog series is entitled, “4 Common but Incorrect Assumptions about Legal Custody in Massachusetts“. The final two installments of the series, which explores common misconceptions about legal custody in Massachusetts, will be posted next week. Nicole’s latest entry is Assumption 2 – Consent to Medical Treatment. Here is a snippet:
One of the most widely held assumptions about legal custody is that a parent who lacks legal custody cannot sign a child up for medical treatment, speak to a child’s doctors or therapists or fully participate in the child’s medical or therapeutic care. However, parental consent for children’s medical treatment is controlled by a separate set of loosely-related statutes, none of which actually use the phrase “legal custody”.
Check out the full series:
Table of Contents for this Blog
- Assumption 1 – Access to School & Medical Records
- Assumption 2 – Consent to Medical Treatment
- Assumption 3 – The Shared Custody “Veto Power”
- Assumption 4 – Presumption of Shared Legal Custody
About the Author: Nicole K. Levy is a Massachusetts divorce lawyer and Massachusetts family law attorney for Lynch & Owens, located in located in Hingham, Massachusetts and East Sandwich, Massachusetts. She is also a mediator for South Shore Divorce Mediation.