Visitation Rights Denied to Unvaccinated Father

A Canadian father was denied visitation with his son for refusing to take a coronavirus vaccine. The father was denied a request to extend his child’s holiday visit in Quebec. The decision is reportedly the first Canadian denial of parental visitation on the basis of vaccination status. It came at the end of last month and will hold until February. 

The father’s visitation rights may be restored after vaccination.

No vaccine, no parenting

The child’s mother, who does not live with the father, found out he was unvaccinated and then started following his social media accounts. The father admitted in court he was not vaccinated. Quebec Superior Court Justice Sebastian Vaillancourt ruled it was not “in the child’s best interest to have contact with their father” due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in Quebec. 

According to Sylvie Schirm, a Montreal-based attorney, this case could set a new precedent.

“I think what probably didn’t help the father was that the judge probably thought he wouldn’t respect the regulations in any way, shape, or form,” Schirm said. “So [regardless] of being vaccinated or not, he was going to expose his son to the virus, indirectly or dir…

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