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Putting your child first – navigating divorce with special needs children

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | FAMILY LAW - Divorce |

If you are going through a divorce in Florida and have a special needs child, you may face unique challenges and considerations. Here are some things to remember as you navigate this difficult time.

Child custody and support

Child custody and support are among the most important considerations in any divorce. Courts make custody and support decisions based on the child’s best interests. This includes considering the child’s health, education and emotional well-being.

When it comes to special needs children, courts may consider the child’s unique needs and the ability of each parent to provide for those needs. This may include considering the cost of specialized care and treatment, the availability of resources and support systems.

Parenting plan

Divorcing parents create a parenting plan that outlines how they will share parental responsibility and time-sharing with their children. When creating a parenting plan for a special needs child, it is important to consider their unique needs and abilities.

This may include addressing issues such as the following:

  • Medical care
  • Therapy or treatment schedules
  • Educational accommodations
  • Specialized needs
  • Impact of the divorce on the child’s routine and stability

Parents can work together to create a plan that meets the child’s best interests.

Financial considerations

In addition to child custody and support, divorcing parents of special needs children may also need to address financial considerations related to their child’s care. This may include the costs of the following:

  • Specialized medical care or therapy
  • Education expenses
  • Home modifications
  • Assistive technology

Parents can create a plan for addressing these financial considerations. This may also involve including outside resources or support, such as government benefits or community programs and developing a long-term financial plan for the child’s care.

Going through a divorce with a special needs child as your top priority can be challenging, but navigating this difficult time with care and attention to the child’s unique needs is possible. By working together to create a parenting plan that addresses the child’s needs, parents can ensure their child receives the care and support they need during and after the divorce.