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Adhd and Medication – Disagreements Between Parents

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Adhd and Medication – Disagreements Between Parents

February 12, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Adhd and Medication – Disagreements Between Parents

February 12, 2024

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Navigating ADHD Medication Decisions After Divorce

Parenting a child with ADHD introduces unique challenges, especially when it comes to making medical decisions. Disagreements between parents over medication can complicate matters further. Understanding how to handle these disagreements is crucial for the child’s well-being.

Joint Legal Custody and ADHD Medication

In cases of joint legal custody, both parents must agree on significant medical decisions, including the administration of ADHD medication. If one parent objects to the medication, the other cannot proceed against their wishes. Instead, the concerned parent must seek a court modification to obtain permission to medicate the child, provided it aligns with the child’s best interests.

Sole Legal Custody Scenarios

With sole legal custody, one parent has the autonomy to make non-emergency medical decisions without needing the other parent’s consent. If this parent chooses not to administer prescribed medication, the non-custodial parent has the option to challenge this decision in court, advocating for what they believe is in the child’s best interest.

When Disagreements Arise

  • Joint Custody: Cooperation is key. If disagreements arise, court intervention may be necessary to decide on the child’s medication.
  • Sole Custody: The custodial parent decides on medication. The non-custodial parent can contest this decision in court if they disagree.

TL;DR Summary:
      • Disagreements between parents over ADHD medication require careful navigation, especially post-divorce.
      • In joint legal custody, both parents must agree on administering medication. Disagreements might need court resolution.
      • Sole legal custodians can make medical decisions independently but can be challenged in court by the non-custodial parent.
      • Ensuring the child’s best interests are paramount in decisions about ADHD medication.

Handling disagreements over a child’s ADHD medication post-divorce can be stressful. At Johnson/Turner, we specialize in resolving custody issues and ensuring the child’s best interests are the focus. Contact us at (320) 299-4249 for guidance on your case.


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