Going through a divorce where there are children involved can be a complicated matter. When you have a child with special needs, issues such as child custody, visitation, child support, and even property division become significantly more complex. This is because every child with special needs may have drastically different day-to-day needs.
If you’re going through a divorce and you decide to hire an experienced family law attorney, the first thing you should do is inform your attorney of what goes into caring for your special needs child day-to-day. Your attorney will also need the family’s financial records because your soon-to-be ex-spouse will be obligated to help pay for the financial expenses related to your children, including your child with special needs.
It should be noted that usually, child support terminates when the child turns nineteen in Colorado. However, Colorado recognizes that, in instances where a child has special needs, child support obligations may extend beyond the age of nineteen.
Ideally, when going through a divorce the parties negotiate a parenting plan agreement. A good parenting plan should take into consideration all the special needs of your child and build those expenses into the child support obligations of the parties. Further, since unexpected expenses can often arise, the parenting plan should reflect how the parties will divide the costs when these unexpected expenses arise.
If you have a child with special needs and are contemplating divorce, contact an experienced family law attorney today by visiting The Drake Law Firm, P.C.. Our team has experience in this area and can help assist and guide you through this stressful time.
The Drake Law Firm, P.C. – Family Lawyer Near Me In Golden, Colorado
If you’re looking for a “family lawyer near me,” you may be preparing for divorce and custody proceedings. Perhaps you’re already stuck in the middle of endless, draining arguments about parenting arrangements.
The Drake Law Firm, P.C., a family law firm with offices in Golden and Colorado, is here to help you protect the best interests of your children, work out a reasonable parenting plan, and get through divorce with as little stress as possible.
To schedule your consultation with an experienced family lawyer, call 303-261-8111 today. For your convenience, we can consult over the phone or Zoom. We also offer Saturday consults by appointment.
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