Unvaccinated father loses right to see his child

The mother lives with her partner and two other children who are too young to be vaccinated.

Unvaccinated father loses right to see his child

Unvaccinated father loses right to see his child photo credit: BBC

A Canadian unvaccinated father has temporarily lost the right to see his 12-year-old child. A judge ruled that his visits would not be in the child’s “best interest”.

This followed a request by the father to extend his visiting times during the holidays. According to a family law expert, the judgement is the first depriving a parent of access rights on the ground of immunization.

The judge’s decision, made at the end of last month in Quebec province, suspends the father’s visitation rights until February, unless he decides to get vaccinated.

The mother, who opposed the father’s initial request to extend his visiting time, told the court that she had recently discovered that he was unvaccinated, using his social media posts to show that he was against vaccines.

The mother lives with her partner and two other children who are too young to be vaccinated.

The judge said it was not “in the child’s best interest to have contact with their father” due to the recent increase in Covid cases in French-speaking Quebec.

Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, announced earlier this week it would impose a tax on residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19.

Sources: BBC, Newsweek

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