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MER-005: Requiring a Parent to Provide Medical and Family History

 
Requiring a Parent to Provide Medical and Family History: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring a court to order a parent who is not granted legal custody of a child to provide to the court medical and family history about the parent providing the information, as well as a report of any medical examination that the parent has had within the past year. The parent providing the information must also provide medical and family history about his/her parents and siblings, and about any siblings of the child unless the parent or other person with legal custody of the child also has legal custody of the sibling. In the event joint legal custody is provided, each parent must provide the medical and family history to the court. Upon request of the custodial parent or other person with legal custody of the child, the court must release the medical information to a physician designated by the custodial parent or other person with legal custody. The physician then may release to the custodial parent or other person with legal custody any of the information that is relevant to the child’s medical condition. (HOD, 0412)