A New York City judge has decided that a father involved in a custody dispute will not be allowed to visit his daughter until he gets vaccinated against COVID-19 or agrees to be tested on a weekly basis for the disease.
As reported by the New York Post, if the father does not obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, he will be required to submit to weekly PCR tests and twice-weekly antigen tests within 24 hours of visiting his child, according to the judgement.
According to the Post, the father's attorney, Lloyd Rosen, stated that his client "is not a believer in conspiracies. He has reservations about the vaccination. He's heard about the potential adverse effects. He had a terrible reaction to a flu shot at one point in his life."
According to the judgement, the mother has been supervising the father's meetings with their 3-year-old daughter "because of a history of substance misuse and untreated mental health difficulties."
"In this case, in-person parental access by the defendant is not in the child's best interests, and there are extraordinary circumstances that support its suspension," ruled Justice Matthew Cooper, who is presided over the divorce and custody dispute.
According to the Washington Post, the mother's attorney, Evan Schein, stated that the verdict is "an extraordinarily important one that underlines the exceptional circumstances we are living in and reinforces that a child's best interests are paramount."
Daughter has been living with her mother and attending preschool in Manhattan since the beginning of the year.
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