Prior to treating a minor child, you must obtain informed consent from a parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child. Wisconsin law defines a “parent” as a:
- Biological parent
- Husband who has consented to artificial insemination of his wife
- Parent by adoption
- Father who has had his paternity established in accordance with applicable law
Unless a stepparent independently satisfies this definition (for example by adoption), a stepparent is not a “parent” under Wisconsin law and cannot provide informed consent to treat a stepchild.