Divorce requires communication.
And this is especially true for the families of special needs children.
Of course, families with special needs children have emotional and financial challenges to face.
And these can be difficult and expensive.
In addition to this, Jacobi-Parisi says:
‘The divorce process for families with special needs goes one of two ways,
When the parents are in agreement about the diagnosis, the care, and treatment of the child… you have a less contentious divorce…
parents will put their disputes to the side to save money and energy for their child’ current and long-term needs.
But often, one parent agrees with the diagnosis and treatment while the other parent mitigates, disputes or denies it…
It is expensive, exhausting and terribly sad’
What are the divorce considerations when you have a special needs child?
According to California Family Code Section 3910:
‘The father and mother have an equal responsibility to maintain, to the extent of their ability, a child of whatever age who is incapacitated from earning a living and without sufficient means.’
-In California, child support payments are usually required until the child is 18
-however, a disabled child is usually not self-supporting and may need special care throughout adulthood or their whole life
-Likewise, California courts may order child support for special needs children that need both parents to provide support throughout their adult child’s whole life
Divorce is a delicate process. Make sure you get the best advice.
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