Brian D. Perskin & Associates

How To Get A Divorce If You Have A Special Needs Child

Divorce is hard, and so is being a parent. But being a parent going through a divorce that involves the care of a special needs child? That can seem insurmountable. The unfortunate reality for parents of special needs children is a higher divorce rate and more demanding childcare. Special needs children complicate the divorce process. Even when both parents have the best of intentions, a special needs child can make an already difficult situation harder. 

We, the attorneys at Brian D. Perskin And Associates, are here to help you with your special needs children and divorce problems. With decades of collective experience, we know what it takes to make a difficult process easier. Call us today at (877) 826-7257 for a personalized consultation.

Visitation And Transition

One of the unique special needs children and divorce issues that parents often face is denial. The can range from the denial of either parent that their child requires special care to the denial that the family is being impacted and more. This has been known to occur with special needs children suffering from both Autism and Cerebral Palsy.

Frankly, you shouldn’t leave it to the court to resolve this sort of situation. If you feel your spouse is in denial, then ask your lawyers to bring in a neutral professional to help the decision making process and offer advice on visitation arrangements. This is especially beneficial if you’re in a contentious divorce. Your spouse being in denial often hurts their credibility in the eyes of the court. So, even if it is painful, it is worth pursuing. Child custody in New York is never simple, but preceding fearlessly and with expert representation is the best way to achieve a positive outcome.

Visitation

Special needs children and divorce visitation is another difficult area to navigate. Typical arrangements include children staying at one parent’s house during the week and the other’s over the weekend. However, special needs children might need an alternative arrangement given their unique circumstances. So, depending on the case, it may be better to agree to more extended stays for the child with each parent. This can sometimes be as long as a month living at each parent’s house. But this too raises some potential problems. No parent wants to go a full month without seeing their child. You may even need to modify your child visitation agreement. If you choose to go this route and your divorce is amicable, this shouldn’t present a problem. If not, it can require some rather complex litigation.

Special Needs Education And Supervision

When it comes to special needs children and divorce education, all children should have access to the same opportunities. This is another instance where divorced or divorcing parents need to work together to promote inclusion. If you are getting divorced and decide your child needs a private school education, this can be an expensive endeavor and represents another important consideration in your divorce arrangements. Moreover, if the child’s primary caregiver works during the day and cannot be there to look after the child, you must account for the additional expense of someone who is qualified to look after a special needs child.

Education

Now that you know how complicated special needs children and divorce can get, it’s time you called in the pros. The talented attorneys at Brian D. Perskin And Associates can help. Give us a call at (877) 826-7257 for a compassionate and confidential consultation.