If you are a parent of a child with special needs, you will know that they react differently to certain situations, and they can be extra sensitive to change. Therefore, you will likely be already anticipating that a divorce involving a child with special needs is going to be more complicated. There are many practical, emotional and financial issues that need to be addressed during the divorce proceedings and the process of establishing a child custody plan.
Therefore, it is important that you take the time to consider your child’s needs and allow plenty of time for establishing parenting time. The following is an overview of aspects of a divorce that will likely be impacted when you have a child with special needs.
When alimony or spousal support payments are decided upon, the child’s eligibility for public benefits will need to be considered. The amount of benefits that the child receives now and will be set to receive in the future will affect overall costs and will impact alimony.
A child with special needs may, and it is unlikely that they will thrive emotionally when they move between each parent’s home. Special consideration will need to be given to the individual child and understanding what their needs are both now and in the future. If the child will spend time at the homes of each parent, both parents will need to have the appropriate facilities to accommodate the child’s needs adequately.
Child support payments are usually calculated through a standard formula, and in these formulas, the expenses of a child with special needs are not addressed. Therefore, you should make sure that the divorce settlement addresses how your child’s care will be funded.
If you are going through a divorce as a parent of a child with special needs, make sure that you take early action to put a.