Asked in Family Law and Health Care Law for Indiana

Q: Can doctors prevent a married, father from being present at the hospital for his baby’s delivery?

Mother wants to father there but doctors are saying it may not be possible due to the coronavirus outbreak. Mother and father are not known to have come into contact with a virus and are not showing any symptoms or signs of having the virus

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Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson

A: It is unclear how the law will apply to many of the unique situations arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, so at this point any opinion would largely be based on speculation. However, I think it is likely that courts would side with doctors/medical professionals who are taking all reasonable, necessary steps to protect the public safety under these circumstances.

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