WSAW: Family courts navigate COVID-19 vaccine disagreements. ” Courts are having to mediate new disputes between divorced parents as the COVID-19 vaccines are approved for younger populations. They are seeing disagreements between the parents on whether shared children should get the shot. In the case of separation or divorce, parents have to come to a custody agreement as to whether one parent gets sole custody making decisions for the children or if it is shared. This can impact issues such as non-emergency medical treatments, what school the child goes to and religion.”
The Guardian: Breaking up, but living together: how lockdowns lead to ‘nesting’. “Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Lisa and her husband had been attending marriage counselling with a view to seperate, but when the world shut down, they found it ‘very difficult to do that online’. Ultimately, coinciding with the first lockdowns in March 2020, the pair finalised their decision, but amid the uncertainties of the pandemic, they wanted to retain a stable home environment for their three children, who are of pre- and primary-school age. This led them to ‘nesting’ – where a couple breaks up, but remains living together.”
Washington Post: A judge asked a mother if she got the coronavirus vaccine. She said no, and he revoked custody of her son.
Washington Post: A judge asked a mother if she got the coronavirus vaccine. She said no, and he revoked custody of her son.. “When Rebecca Firlit joined a virtual court hearing with her ex-husband earlier this month, the Chicago mother expected the proceedings to focus on child support. But the judge had other plans. ‘One of the first things he asked me … was whether or not I was vaccinated,’ Firlit, 39, told the Chicago Sun-Times. She was not, she said, explaining that she has had “adverse reactions to vaccines in the past” and that a doctor advised her against getting inoculated against the coronavirus…. Cook County Judge James Shapiro then made what the parents’ attorneys called an unprecedented decision: He said the mother could not see her 11-year-old son until she got a coronavirus vaccine.”
HuffPost: A Vaccine Or This Marriage: Conspiracy Theories Are Tearing Couples Apart. “HuffPost talked to five men and women whose marriages are crumbling or have already collapsed under the weight of viral anti-vaccine disinformation. Most said they did their best to tolerate their spouses’ embrace of conspiracy theories amid the pandemic — until it came to the vaccines, when those delusions suddenly posed a direct threat to their well-being or that of their children. All were pressured by their partners not to get immunized (though most managed to do so in secret anyway), and are identified by pseudonyms to protect their families’ privacy. Three, including Lucy, are now in the process of getting divorced.”
Insider: Divorce court is normally quiet during the holiday season, but this year it’s booming as the pandemic drives couples apart
Insider: Divorce court is normally quiet during the holiday season, but this year it’s booming as the pandemic drives couples apart. “Divorce lawyers are gearing up for their busiest holiday season ever. From the Jewish New Year in September through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and up until the New Year, there’s typically a lull in court filings and hearings, they told Insider. But, they say, heightened stress, anxiety, and bitterness due to the coronavirus pandemic is giving them some work to do.”
Phys .org: People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?. “According to Amica’s website, it ‘considers legal principles and applies them to your circumstances’. In other words, the software draws on mass data (collected and embedded by its designers) from similar past cases to make suggestions to users. Amica demonstrates AI’s potential in solving legal problems in family disputes. Interestingly, it’s not the only tool of this kind in the legal field. There are a range of AI-powered family legal services used in Australia, including Penda and Adieu.”