The stresses associated with raising a special needs child can have a profoundly
negative effect on a marriage. These stresses can exacerbate other issues
within a marriage and push the parties towards a
divorce. How divorcing spouses make decisions during the divorce process can have
profound consequences for their special needs child.
For starters, emotional and behavioral issues that the special needs child
was experiencing prior to a
divorce will be accentuated. The child may feel that his or her actions have caused
their parents to no longer live together. Consistency and stability for
a special needs child (or any child for that matter) are incredibly important and a
divorce will obviously cause a great deal of instability for the child.
On top of instability for the child, their disability could be used as
a bargaining chip by a parent during
custody negotiations. Which parent has taken "better" care, administered medicines
or attended doctor's visits can and most likely will be used to bolster
a parent's case as to who should be able to have more time with the
child. Last, parents' possible disagreement regarding the diagnosis
of the child can be an issue as well. Suppose one parent denies the severity
of the condition while the other advocates and cares for the child, disability
or not? In a situation like this, a court may appoint a specialist to
determine the needs of the child and make a recommendation on which parent
is best equipped to provide that care.
Possession schedules regarding a special needs child need to be well thought out and considered
by both parents. Moving their child from house to house on a frequent
basis can rob the family of the ability to provide the sort of comfort
that is necessary to combat their disability.
Undoubtedly, divorcing spouses need to be able to work together after the
divorce is finalized to provide a united front regarding treatment options and
day to day living conditions. Whether the child needs outside assistance
in the form of a live in nurse or care-provider, medicines that are not
covered by insurance and educational questions are all relevant considerations.
Special needs children may also require
above guideline child support or child support beyond age 18 depending on the severity of the condition.
The attorneys with The Law Office of Bryan Fagan are equipped to help parents
lay the groundwork for a family with a special needs child by showing
strong advocacy skills as well as compassion.
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