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Divorce Involving Children With Special Needs

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The divorce process can quickly become increasingly complicated when children are involved. However, what should be considered when the children have special needs?

In this issue, the San Diego family law attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center will talk about some of the concerns that must be addressed in divorces involving children with special needs.

If you’re considering divorce, we strongly urge you to get in touch with us here at the Men’s Legal Center. You can receive a free phone consultation and make your appointment by calling 619-234-3838 or getting in touch via email.

What are special needs?

The “special needs” description is a catchall phrase of sorts that refers to a host of diagnosis that determines if a child is eligible for special education services.

Examples of special needs diagnosis include autism, developmental delays, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, etc.

What should be considered for my special needs child during my divorce?

The needs of a child – regardless of their needs for special attention – are highly important in practically any divorce case.

Often, parents of children with special needs will consult with a parental coordinator to assist with the decision making process of the divorce.

Areas of concern include:

  • Being clear with level of public benefits the child is receiving
    (If child support is not properly structured, the benefits could be forfeited)
  • Expenses for needs such as therapy, medication, home health care, specialized medical equipment, etc.
  • Anticipated needs of the child as he or she transitions into adulthood
  • The establishment of a guardianship to make medical and financial decisions if the child is unable to do so after the age of 18

For help with your divorce, call the Men’s Legal Center in San Diego.

Here at the Men’s Legal Center, our sole mission is to provide you with all the resources you need throughout your divorce. You can receive a free phone consultation and make your appointment by calling 619-234-3838 or getting in touch via email.