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What if parents disagree about dietary restrictions?

Co-parenting can get difficult when parents disagree on how they should do things after divorce. For instance, one parent may always tell the child they have to go to bed at 8:00 o’clock, while the other parent just lets them stay up as late as they want. One parent may be into a stricter discipline style, while the other rarely disciplines the child at all.

Ideally, both parents can agree on some of these decisions to give the child structure and routine, but they’re not obligated to do so. But what about when things go a little bit farther? Are you worried that the child’s health is at stake?

For instance, maybe you are convinced that your child needs a gluten-free diet to be happy and healthy. Meanwhile, your ex doesn’t think that the gluten-free movement has any basis behind it. They simply do not believe in it and they refuse to follow the dietary restrictions that you think are so important.

One thing to consider is whether or not the child has been diagnosed. Remember, just about 1% of the population (or less) has celiac disease. If you’re proposing a gluten-free lifestyle just because you think it’s a good idea, your ex may have grounds to disagree with you and choose their own diet for the children. If you’re pushing the gluten-free lifestyle because your child was diagnosed with celiac disease, though, then it is a question of their health. Your ex cannot intentionally put the child’s well-being in danger against a doctor’s orders.

When you find yourself in a dispute like this, be sure you know what options you have.

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