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Divorcing your spouse when you have a special needs child

While you are making plans to divorce your spouse in Florida, do not forget to take your special needs child into consideration. Ideally, you and your child's other parent should cooperate to make the situation as uneventful and less stressful on your kid as possible. However, you may have trouble communicating with each other without conflict because of the fear, uncertainty and changes you are experiencing. 

If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse do not plan your situation with your child’s special needs in mind, your actions could hurt his or her quality of life. Here are some things you should keep in mind while going through a divorce with a special needs child

Determine what your kid’s needs are 

Think about who your child will live with. You may have certain reasons for wanting him or her to stay with you. But if you are not in a good position to offer your child the extra care and support he or she needs, you should think about if he or she would be better off living with his or her other parent. Assess your child’s disabilities. Once you and your partner agree about custody, you should work on a parenting plan. 

Because your child is special needs, you should give careful consideration to your parenting plans. When creating them, try to be as specific as possible to prevent confusion and conflict. For example, you may have preferences for visitation times and days, but your kid’s needs and preferences should come before your own. 

Alimony and child support considerations 

Many special needs children need lifelong care and support. When dealing with child support and alimony, you should think about the unique circumstances that can impact your kid’s quality of life as he or she transitions to adulthood. Depending on the severity of your child’s impairment, you and your ex-partner should consider the fact that you may need to co-parent and provide for your child long after he or she reaches adulthood. 

It is up to you to identify all costs for care and equipment your impaired child may need and decide how to split them. Do not assume that child support and alimony are going to be enough to cover those expenses. Your child support and alimony awards could affect your kid’s eligibility for public benefits. 

Divorcing with a special needs child may seem challenging. But, with careful planning, you and your spouse can make your divorce work to the benefit of your special needs child.

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