Divorce & Special Needs Children
Orlando Divorce Lawyer with Decades of Experience
If you are getting a
divorce and have a special needs child, your divorce may not fit the mold of a
standard divorce. Your child probably has very specific needs, which must
be adequately addressed by the respective lawyers and judge handling your case. At
Richard A. Heller, P.A., our divorce attorneys in Orlando have 75 years of collective
experience handling all types of divorce and
child custody matters, including those involving children with autism and other disabilities.
We care deeply for each of our clients and their families and always seek
to obtain a divorce settlement agreement that is in the best interests
of their children. Because of our focus on client satisfaction, we are
A+ Rated by the
Better Business Bureau, and we have an attorney who is
BV® Distinguished™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Developing Parenting Plans in Divorce
Divorce is a highly emotional process for regular parents, but for parents
with fragile children, it can be much more disconcerting. Statistically,
a larger percentage of marriages with autistic children end in divorce
than parents without special needs children. Unfortunately, having a child
with autism, Tourette's, Asperger's, cerebral palsy, or other
special needs can be highly strenuous on a marriage. When special needs
parents decide to divorce, there are many aspects of the child's future
that must be considered.
As you probably know, transitions can be difficult for a child with autism
spectrum disorder. Such a child may have a very difficult time spending
a few days at one parent's house and a few days at the other's.
Thus, it's important that both lawyers and the judge become educated
on why children need to have their unique needs addressed during the divorced
process. Developing a parenting plan is an extremely important part of
divorce where special needs children are present.
Your plan should include the following:
Custody and timesharing between parents
- Parental responsibility
Child Support adjustments
- Expert appointment or coordinator to avoid future litigation
If your child has a special need, you will want to bring it up immediately
when you begin your divorce. Walking your Orlando divorce lawyer through
a "day in the life" with your child will help. You will also
want your attorney to know how much time it takes to care for your child,
how much it costs, and how it will affect your ability to work and earn a living.
Get the Support You Need
It is in the best interests of your child to make sure that all of his
or her needs are met, and this must be addressed by the court. However,
we will need to give the court the information they need to do so. If
you and your child's special needs are properly taken care of in the
divorce, we are giving your child the greatest opportunity to live the
Richard A. Heller, P.A. has been handling these kinds of cases for decades, we have helped families
through these issues in the past, and we can help you. Let us work to
investigate your situation and help you ensure that your child's needs
will be met after a divorce. We offer a
free case evaluation for all of our potential divorce clients. Utilize this to your advantage
and gain some insight into your case before retaining our legal services.
We are dedicated to your success and to the future of your special needs children.