Waldorf, MD asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Medical Malpractice for New York

Q: In PA or NY, custodial parents and medical facilities are required to inform other parent with joint custody of trtmnt?

Ex has left me out of the loop for 3 months on my daughter's quickly developed eating disorder that is now so bad she will be hospitalized. Even has her on meds. We have joint legal custody and are required to discuss all medical, academic, and other major issues and come to conclusions together. Now...she does have final say but that is no reason to keep me out of the loop. Shouldn't the medical facilities in PA and NY have asked to notify the father? Aren't they legally required?

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Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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A: In neither Pennsylvania nor New York is a provider of medical services required to hunt down and inform a joint custodian of anything. Ordinarily, a court will enter custody orders that compel the custodial parent to stay abreast of such information and then notify the asker of its occurrence. Then, the asker must hunt down that information.

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