Unmarried parents in Florida battle over son’s circumcision

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Unmarried Couples on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

When an unmarried couple has a child together, making sure that the child is taken care of becomes a priority. This can mean coming to agreements about child custody, child support and other factors that might affect the child. A recent case in Florida shows just how important it is for parents to come to agreements and follow through with the agreements they made.

The case involves an unmarried couple who had a child three years ago. The mother and father came to an agreement about a parenting plan for the child. The mother signed the agreement in December 2011. The father signed it shortly after. At the beginning of January 2012, the agreement was filed with the court.

Part of the agreement they signed had to do with the child being circumcised. The father wanted his son circumcised. He agreed to schedule the circumcision and pay for the procedure for the boy. The mother agreed.

Since the agreement was made, the mother has changed her mind about the procedure. She says the risks from anesthesia is too great for the procedure. She says the procedure isn’t medically necessary. Despite her claims, his father still wants the 3-year-old child to be circumcised.

The mother asked the court to stop the circumcision. While a county court didn’t find any reason for the procedure to be stopped, an appeals court did. The fate of the circumcision is now on hold pending the appeal.

According to a pediatric urologist, circumcisions are possible until a child turns 10 years old. After that, there is an increased risk of sutures getting torn.

The court is now charged with deciding which parent will get their wish. On the one hand, the mother has valid concerns about the anesthesia safety. On the other hand, the reduction in the risk of contracting HIV and cancer might be valid points for the father’s desire to circumcise his son.

Any unmarried couples who have children should make sure that they have valid parenting plans that keep the child’s best interests at heart. Understanding how to create and possibly change parenting plans might give you the information you need to decide how to proceed.

Source: CBS 12 News, “Parents In Ongoing Legal Battle Over 3-Year-Old South Florida Boy’s Circumcision” Scott T. Smith, May. 14, 2014