Divorce can be stressful, confusing, and complicated under the best of circumstances. When you have children, it can add to the difficulties. And if your child has special needs, the obstacles can seem almost insurmountable. But with the help of an experienced Colorado family law attorney, you can help ensure that you and your spouse provide for your child now and in the future.
The Datz Law Firm is here to help you with all of your family and divorce law challenges. Give us a call so that you can set up an appointment to discuss the ins and outs of divorce with a special needs child involved.
Deciding What’s in Your Child’s Best Interest
It’s always a bit of a challenge to determine what is in the best interest of a child when their parents are divorcing. This can be especially daunting when the child has special needs. Here are a few of the considerations you will want to discuss with your soon-to-be former spouse and your lawyer:
- Which parent will the child live with primarily?
- Who will pay child support? How much?
- How will the child’s time be divided between each parent?
- What are the child’s basic needs? What additional or specialized care might they require?
- What are the costs associated with the child’s care?
Generally, judges tend to award joint custody in the absence of any serious issues with either parent. For a special needs child, however, sometimes it makes more sense for one parent to have primary custody in order to better serve the child’s needs.
Make your appointment for a family law consultation today. The Datz Law Firm specializes in divorce and family law. No matter how challenging your situation may seem, we can help you find the best solution for you and your family.
Creating a Detailed Parenting Plan
It’s always wise, when involved in a divorce, to create a detailed parenting plan with your co-parent so that you both know what to expect in the future. When your child has additional needs, creating a detailed parenting plan becomes that much more important. Here are a few of the day-to-day topics you may wish to include in your parenting plan:
- Your child’s dietary needs;
- Behavior management strategies;
- Medication schedules; and
- Communication therapy for non-verbal children.
You’ll also want to discuss financial considerations in great detail. Your attorney will be able to help you determine whether your child will be eligible for additional benefits like SSI or other programs.
Don’t cut corners when it comes to planning for your special needs child’s future during your divorce proceedings. If you are in the Denver or Broomfield area, a lawyer from The Datz Law Firm can help you make sure all of your bases are covered. Call us now @ (720) 879-1114, or Contact us ASAP so that we can help.