Divorce and Children with Special Needs

Divorce and Children with Special Needs

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 13-Nov-2017

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 child support.

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.

Categories: Divorce

Why Hire Our Orlando
Family Law Attorney?

  • (+) 25+ years of trusted legal service
  • (+) Trial-tested skill to represent you in court if necessary
  • (+) Available to meet with you on weekends
  • (+) Large firm experience at a small firm price
  • (+) Accessible 24/7 by phone to answer your questions

Contact Us Today

Send My Information