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03/07/2017 By: Sophie Whitehead
The law only requires one parent with parental responsibility to provide consent for medical treatment for a child. However, in practice, where parents both have parental responsibility but are in disagreement, a doctor is unlikely to want to go against one parent’s express wishes. So how can this situation be resolved?
However, in an emergency, and where treatment is time critical and waiting to obtain consent would place your child at risk, remember that medical treatment can proceed without consent from either you or your ex.
The family lawyers at Mills & Reeve are experienced in helping to resolve disputes involving children. Many of our family lawyers are also trained in collaborative law or as mediators and can offer a unique approach to reaching an amicable agreement.