Child custody of children with special needs in Virginia
For many parents, going through a divorce is challenging because of the child custody arrangements that must be made. When the parents have a child who has special needs, child custody arrangements are often even more complicated. Child custody arrangements for special needs children have several considerations that aren't usually part of the child custody process, such as potential medical needs or setting up an ABLE account as they reach adulthood. We fully understand how difficult determining how to handle those unique needs can be and want to help you work out a plan that puts your child's needs first.
In the case of special needs children in Virginia, there are some specific points that must be addressed. Parents must indicate in the agreement how the child's education and medical care will be handled. This may even include future financial considerations, such as creating a special needs trust. It also has to include a plan for custody and visitation that won't interfere with the child's medical care or education. This can prove to be very difficult if your divorce is a complex one that is being contested.
We don't want your child to suffer because you are going through a divorce. By addressing specific questions, such as how Individualized Education Plans will address the divorce, we work to negotiate on your behalf to come up with a solution for complex agreements that meet your child's individual needs.
You are your child's advocate in all matters, even when you are going through a divorce. Making sure that you protect your child's needs is a vital part of being an advocate. We can help you determine how to put your child first throughout the divorce and long after.
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