Is it legal for a therapist to treat a child without consent of both parents?

Children are 10 and 12. Parents have joint custody and decision making. Only one parent conscented to treatment without consulting the other parent

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Malpractice Law, Colorado

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, the consent of one parent for the medical treatment or any other treatment for a minor is needed. In the situation that you have written about, so long as there was consent given to the therapist by at least one of the custodial parents of the minor, such treatment was legally allowable.


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