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Child custody with special needs children

There are some life events that can be very life changing and could significantly alter the lives of a couple and their children. When married couples in Massachusetts file for divorce, there is a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed before the dissolution could be finalized. When children are involved in the process, the needs of the children will shape how a divorce agreement is constructed. In addition, the needs of the children not only determine child support but other family law issues such as custody and the ability to relocate.

When parents part ways, there are many considerations to be made and factors to address. When a special needs child is involved, this step requires much more care and flexibility. A recent article focused on this topic and presented the priority of focusing on this challenge with great care and responsibility. Like any child custody issue, parents need to determine the best interests of the child, but with a special needs child, arrangements might not be as flexible as a parent might hope for.

Co-parenting successfully with a special needs child might be difficult, but if a child custody agreement is artfully crafted, not only with the child benefit but the parents could as well. Whether it concerns child support or caretaking, parents need to address the needs of their child. In the case of special needs children, financial support is often a concern due to medical appointments, health concern and therapies.

Having both parents in the life of a special needs child and children in general is important. They provide emotional, mental and physical support. Moreover, having access to both parents creates a platform for co-parenting.

When child custody issues are problematic it is crucial that divorced parents address them properly. Whether they need to modify or enforce an arrangement, taking action is very important for the children involved.

Source: Examiner, "Divorce and the special needs child," Patricia Barrett, Jan. 08, 2014

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