Alabama family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and child support payments are complex and emotional issues to begin with. But the situation becomes even more complicated when a child with special needs is involved.
If the best interests of a child with special needs are to be served by Alabama courts, they must be known and fully understood from the start. A child’s needs must be handled with the utmost care at every step of the legal process (custody and visitation arrangements, child and spousal support calculations, etc.)
At New Beginnings Family Law, we understand on a personal level the struggles that parents of special-needs children face. Our managing attorney, Amber James, has a child with autism. As a result, she has a thorough understanding of the challenges and the unique joys that come with raising a child with special needs. You can count on our skilled family law attorneys to:
There are so many things to consider when a divorce involves a disabled child or a child with special needs. If you are a divorcing parent dealing with modification of special needs child support terms, or other family law matters, please contact our knowledgeable Huntsville family law attorneys today. Let us discuss how we can fight for your child’s best interests while ensuring that your child is protected throughout the process.
A child with special needs is a person who has had a clinical diagnosis that shows a functional development level that requires assistance. “Special needs” includes a variety of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, and emotional problems, including:
At New Beginnings Family Law, we recognize that a child’s special needs can occupy every aspect of the primary caregiver’s or custodial parent’s life. We also understand the child’s resulting need for additional medical care and therapy, special education, adaptive equipment in some cases, and other potentially costly requirements, which may extend into adulthood.
We also recognize, through published research and our own experiences, that children’s special needs can stress and strain even the healthiest relationships. This stress can lead to divorce and cause conflict during a divorce. High levels of open conflict in a divorce proceeding can put any child at risk of developing behavioral problems or developmental delays. Children with special needs are often even more sensitive to change, conflict, and stress in their family life.
Our compassionate special needs attorneys will seek to keep conflict between you and your spouse at a minimum during a divorce. We will help facilitate fair and equitable resolutions to disagreements you may have. At the same time, we will fight to protect you from any agreement that would leave you at a disadvantage.
It is an unfortunate but unavoidable fact that parenting a child with special needs is more expensive than raising a child with typical needs. The focus of assisting a parent in divorce proceedings, and in particular as child custody and child support issues are negotiated, must be on ensuring that the financial impact of a child’s special needs is understood and accounted for in the resulting divorce agreement.
At New Beginnings Family Law, our compassionate lawyers will make sure your special-needs child’s issues are addressed appropriately throughout the different stages of the case, including as we:
Schedule a consultation with our experienced divorce attorneys today to discuss your next steps.
Our philosophy in divorce cases is that it is better to settle marital disputes and craft a settlement agreement outside of court than it is to leave your family’s future to a judge who does not know you. Indeed, a judge who hears your divorce in an Alabama court will expect that you and your spouse have done everything possible to reach an agreement.
In some divorce cases, a judge might appoint a guardian ad litem to represent your child’s unique needs. Our attorneys understand and appreciate this protection, and we are experienced at serving as a parent’s liaison to the guardian ad litem.
As a family law firm, New Beginnings Family Law is dedicated to the protection of children. All children deserve to grow up happy, healthy, loved, and with the ability to love each important person in their lives. We will not stand for legal tactics that we believe will be detrimental to any child involved.
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If you have a child with special needs and are considering a divorce, contact New Beginnings Family Law in Huntsville, Alabama, today. We are experienced divorce attorneys and parents who understand the unique considerations that must be addressed to ensure your divorce agreement has your special-needs child’s best interests at heart.
At New Beginnings Family Law, we understand because we have been there. Please contact us today to get to know us and learn more about how we can help you and your child.