Special Concerns for Divorces Involving Kids with Special Needs

Special Concerns for Divorces Involving Kids with Special NeedsDivorce is hard for almost all children. It can be traumatic and confusing in even the best of circumstances. But for children with special needs, divorce can be even more difficult. And for the parents of special needs children, divorce requires strategizing to make sure that arrangements are made to adequately address the children’s ongoing and future physical, emotional, and financial needs.

As with all decisions involving children during divorce, the best interests of the child are paramount. The child’s abilities and capacity will play a significant role in determining what arrangements will be in those best interests. While the child’s needs can affect almost every aspect of custody, visitation, and support, parents of special needs children should pay particular attention to these three issues:

  1. Disruption caused by custody and visitation. Many special needs children heavily rely on routine and familiarity. Regular disruptions in schedules, surroundings, activities, or other arrangements can be particularly challenging and upsetting for the child. When making decisions as to when and how often the child will be moved from place to place and between parental custody, care needs to be taken to minimize the negative impact of such disruptions and transitions.
  1. Providing for the child’s financial needs. Families with special needs may be entitled to an array of public benefits such as SSI or Medicaid designed to assist them with the challenges of caring for their child. The availability and amount of such benefits can be impacted by child support determinations. Additionally, the child will have medical, therapeutic and practical needs that need to be addressed will into their adulthood. Special needs trusts are one way that parents can maximize the resources available for their child while ensuring that there are sufficient assets available for their child’s care well into the future.
  1. Guardianship. As noted, the roles of parents in the lives of a special needs child remain significant and involved long after the child turns 18. The parents should agree on who will have the authority to make decisions involving their adult child if he or she is unable to make such decisions themselves. They should nominate agreed-upon guardians of their child in their wills to provide for their care in the event that either or both of them pass away.

Special needs children need special attention during and after the divorce process. If you are a parent of a child with special needs considering divorce, please give us a call at (212) 683-9551 of fill out our online form to arrange for a consultation to discuss your questions and concerns. We look forward to assisting you.

35 Responses

  1. This is so, so true... Being a mother or father of a special needs child is challenging, to say the very least. If you're throwing a divorce in the mix, and that child's daily routine, or weekly schedule, is changed often, it could cause some serious behavioral and even psychological problems. Always take extra special care when dealing with these types of cases and ALWAYS keep the best interests of the child in mind.
  2. Daniel Clement
    In all cases, regardless of whether the children have special needs, one should always keep the best interests of the children in mind.
  3. Great article.
  4. Very wonderful visual appeal on this internet site, I'd value it 10.
  5. 11/4/2016 @ 14:31:05: lorem ipsum clementlaw.com
  6. Thanks for the inspiring website you've created at clementlaw.com. Your enthusiasm is definitely contagious. Thanks again!
  7. In my view, clementlaw.com does a excellent job of covering issues of this sort. Even if ofttimes deliberately polemic, the information is more often than not well researched and stimulating.
  8. clementlaw.com does it yet again! Very thoughtful site and a thought-provoking post. Thanks!
  9. Many thanks for the inspiring blog you've created at clementlaw.com. Your enthusiastic take on the subject is absolutely contagious. Thanks again!
  10. Leo
    Excellent article. I am experiencing a few of these issues as well..
  11. 11/23/2016 @ 15:03:47 Appreciate the site– extremely informative and tons of stuff to see!
  12. 11/24/2016 @ 15:55:31 In my view, clementlaw.com does a great job of covering subject matter of this sort. While often intentionally controversial, the posts are in the main thoughtful and stimulating.
  13. 11/28/2016 clementlaw.com does it yet again! Quite a informative site and a good post. Nice work!
  14. I blog often and I really appreciate your content. The article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your blog and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your Feed as well.
  15. You made some really good points there. I looked on the web to find out more about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.
  16. In my estimation, clementlaw.com does a good job of handling subject matter of this sort. While often deliberately polemic, the posts are generally well researched and thought-provoking.
  17. Excellent weblog here! Also your web site loads up very fast! What host are you the usage of? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink to your host? I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol
  18. My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You cann't imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!
  19. You're so cool! I don't think I've truly read through something like that before. So wonderful to find somebody with some unique thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This website is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a little originality!
  20. Awesome! Its really remarkable paragraph, I have got much clear idea regarding from this article.
  21. At this time it appears like Drupal is the top blogging platform available right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your blog?
  22. Thanks very nice blog!
  23. Hello there! This is my initial remark here, so I just wanted to give you a quick shout-out and say I genuinely get pleasure from looking through your articles or blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subject areas? Thanks.
  24. Heya! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!
  25. Wonderful, what a web site it is! This webpage gives useful information to us, keep it up.
  26. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I'm not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You are wonderful! Thanks!
  27. http://www.trageschorsch.at
  28. Die vielfältige Gofuture Tragejacke sorgt hierfür, dass das Neugeborenes manierlich ungefährdet und kuschlig warm transportiert werden kann. Hierdurch kann die modische Tragejacke am Unterleib wie auch am Rückgrat getragen werden und muss leicht lediglich übergeworfen werden. Nutzbar mit jedweder Trageeinlagen sowie Tragetüchern. Beachtet werden muss, dass die Gofuture Tragejacken mit allen Babytrage und jeglichem Tragetuch tragbar sind, doch keinen Substitut für die Trage darstellen. Je nach Ermessen kann der Abkömmling via Trageeinlage oder in Komposition mit einem Tragetuch am Bauch oder auch am Rücken getragen werden und ist damit dauernd vor Wind und Wetter gefeit.
  29. Die multifunktionale Gofuture Tragejacke sorgt dafür, dass das Kleinkind manierlich sicher und anschmiegsam warm transportiert werden kann. Auf diese Weise mag die moderne Tragejacke am Wanst und am Rückgrat getragen werden und muss kinderleicht lediglich übergeworfen werden. Verbindbar mit allen Trageeinlagen und Tragetüchern. Beachtet werden muss, dass die Gofuture Tragejacken mit allen Babytrage und jedwedem Tragetuch kombinierbar sind, doch keinen Substitut für die Trage beudeuten. Je nach Gutdünken kann der Nachwuchs anhand Trageeinlage oder in Verbindung mit einem Tragetuch am Bauch oder auch am Rücken befördert werden und ist hierdurch fortwährend vor Wind und Wetter gesichert.
  30. Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to prevent hackers?
  31. Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any solutions to prevent hackers?
  32. Cool site check out my page about what's trending in SEO.
  33. Amazing site check out my site about what's trending in search engine optimization.
  34. I've been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It's pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.|
  35. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely magnificent.

Leave a comment

Contact Us Now!
(212) 683-9551