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Special needs accommodations in child custody agreements

For families entering the divorce process, it’s incredibly important to ensure that the safety and well-being of children is accounted for. Ensuring that kids remain healthy and happy along the way can be complicated in many cases, however, when parents must also manage special needs. Fortunately for families throughout Salt Lake City, Utah, and beyond, social and legal resources are in place to identify and meet the needs of children with special needs when making child custody arrangements and other related decisions.

April is Autism Awareness Month and so it is a good time to acknowledge the needs of and resources for families with children that have autism spectrum disorders (ASD). When considering divorce, it’s important for parents with children that have ASD to recognize that their kids may be confronted with a number of changes to their routine and lifestyle. In order to make the divorce transition as easy as possible on kids with special needs, parents are advised to seek the advice and support of an experienced family law attorney. Not only will the attorney help to develop a child custody agreement that fully accounts for the needs of the child but they can also incorporate the advice and feedback of a family therapist familiar with the family’s specific needs and requests.

Beyond that, a family law attorney can help families account for the current and future financial needs of the child with ASD by creating a special needs trust. Establishing a trust to cover future expenses relating to everything from the child’s education to housing to healthcare costs goes beyond standard child support arrangements and helps to ensure that the needs of the child are met into adulthood.

Families with children with special needs are not alone when confronted with life changes like divorce.


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