While all children are special, there are certain children that require additional care. Children with autism, Down syndrome, ADHD or other special needs typically require extra care and attention. Additionally, children who have delayed development, learning disorders and behavior problems create unique parenting situations. From creating individualized education plans (IEPs) to attending therapy sessions, parents of challenged children must deal with many different issues. The Arizona family law courts recognize this and take each child’s unique situation into account when determining his or her best interests.
The Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C., has represented hundreds of clients since 1983, including those whose children have special needs. We have a thorough understanding of the practical and legal challenges that parents of special needs children face. Some of our clients who have special needs children are unable to pursue full time work, due to the commitment necessary to raise their special child or face additional expenses because a may be require individualized supervision due to behavioral issues.
It also happens that a child will turn 18 but still require constant care, or be unable to live independently. In such situations, it is possible to adjust the child support payment to include the additional costs of the specialized needs for your child or to extend the obligation to pay child support past the age of 18.
If your ex-spouse is paying child support for your child with special needs, we may also be able to help you extend the order. The courts have the power to order child support to continue for as long as necessary. If there are any extraordinary costs that are not paid for (for example, the Department of Developmental Disabilities will sometimes provide respite care) these extraordinary costs associated with care can also be taken into account in determining the amount of child support that should be paid.
Parents with Special Needs In Mesa, Tempe Or Beyond
What happens if you yourself have a mental or physical disability? Do you still have the right to legal decision-making and parenting time (formerly called child custody)? The answer is yes, you do, as long as it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child. This means that before granting you parenting time, the courts will want to make sure that you are capable of making good parenting decisions.
With more than thirty years of experience, our lawyer can evaluate your situation and present the necessary evidence on your behalf to demonstrate to the judge the quality of the relationship you have with your child. Our Phoenix child support attorney has guided many clients who have faced their own addictions, and successfully maintained positive relationships with their offspring.
Contact Our Phoenix Child Support Attorney
Our Phoenix child support attorney for parents of children with special needs has the extensive legal experience you need. To learn more about how we can help, email our Chandler office or call (480) 820-4771, toll-free at (888) 352-7725.