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Special Needs Children and Divorce in Texas

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, PLLC 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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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Spring Divorce Lawyer

The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it's important to speak with a Spring, TX Divorce Lawyer right away to protect your rights.

Our divorce lawyer in Spring TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Spring, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.

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