Divorce is difficult for any family to endure, but it can be particularly
harrowing for parents of children with special needs. Being able to cooperate
with your soon-to-be ex-spouse is a must in these circumstances and the
best time to begin planning for your child’s future is at the start
of the divorce process. The sooner you are able to work out how you will
manage to co-parent your special needs child together, the better. Ideally,
your divorce attorneys will collaborate with to map out a plan that will
provide maximum resources for the child. You do not want to risk your
child forfeiting the benefits he or she is entitled to.
Here are some things you should consider if you have a special needs child
and are about to move forward with a divorce:
- Consider what your child’s medical and functional needs are now and
what they might entail in the future. You might want to consult with a
life care specialist to help address questions you might have regarding
how you and your former spouse will manage the costs of these needs.
- How do you and your former spouse plan to determine child support and how
will it be structured? You should consider the fact that you might be
able to have access to public benefits, which can maximize your child’s
support and well-being.
- In some cases, parents are able to amicably reach an agreement on how child
support is to be paid. However, court orders are still essential in ensuring
a disabled child is able to maximize the use of a special needs trust.
- Adult special needs children are often eligible to continue to receive
Every divorce presents challenges and, for parents of special needs children,
these challenges can be ongoing, which is why it is crucial to consult
with an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters.
Family Law Attorney in Orlando
If you and your spouse have decided to bring an end to your marriage and
you have concerns regarding the future of your special needs child, the
Orlando family law legal team at R. Gregory Colvin, LLC is here to assist
you during this difficult time. We are prepared to help you amicably pursue
the results you desire through mediation and, if necessary, litigate your
case in court.
Contact our office today at (407) 603-3460 to schedule a free consultation.