Divorce is a very complicated endeavor, and it is made even more so by children with special needs. You need to ensure that you take particular care to resolve four key issues when it comes to your divorce. Children with special needs require extra care during a custody dispute. They typically need additional medical attention, education oversight, and transition plans to ensure that both parents continue to act in the child's best interest.
First, set down a visitation schedule and transition plan for the child to move between your home and your ex-spouse's place of residence. Second, ensure that there is a clear hierarchy to make education decisions. Third, ensure that you both understand how to resolve health and medical care matters. Finally, you need to come up with a plan to share in social and recreational opportunities.
These issues need to be settled as soon as possible because, very often, parents may disagree on how to raise their children. It is also common for one parent to reject that their child is special needs and refuse to provide additional care or treatment. Divorce means that all of those old fights you avoided with your spouse must be dealt with to ensure that your child's needs are met.
If you are engaged in a child custody dispute, then you may want to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. If you have a special needs child, the assistance of an attorney can prove extremely beneficial. A lawyer will know to resolve all of these matters as quickly and efficiently as possible for the sake of your child.