Office FAQ: Non-custodial Parent's Request for Child's Medical Records

If a non-custodial parent requests copies of her child's medical records, and the custodial parent does not want the physician's office to fulfill that request, how is this handled?

As a general rule, biological parents are entitled to have access to medical records and other medical information regarding a minor child, by virtue of their rights as parents and to enable them to make medical decisions for their minor children.

If the custodial parent can produce written proof that the current custodial agreement states the non-custodial parent is not to be involved in any way with the child's medical care, you may refuse the request. If there is no such document, both biological parents have a right to the child's medical records, regardless of the custody situation.

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