Call Us | Se Habla EspaƱol | 559-544-9696

How does having a special needs child impact child custody?

Having a child with special needs is difficult. When things don't work out with you and the child's other parent, you are thrust into a situation where you have to combine the difficulty of raising a special needs child with the difficulty of child custody orders. This is a perfect storm of sorts that can really make your life complicated.

What factors do I need to consider for my special needs child?

You need to focus on the quality of the time you spend with the child instead of focusing on making sure that each parent has equal time with the child. There are a lot of considerations that you have to think about when you are dividing time with the child. For example, a child who needs a special bed or medical devices at night might not be able to go back and forth between houses. Instead, one parent will probably have to deal with having the child during the day and returning the child to the other parent at night. In some cases, the parents might be able to work out a deal where the parents switch places instead of the child switching places.

What other decisions must be made now?

Special needs children often have complex medical and educational needs. Deciding which parent will make these decisions or how the parents will work together to make these decisions can help to head off problems in the future. The more information you include in the child custody agreement for your special needs child, the better you are likely going to be able to handle the child custody situation as your child grows.

Source: Health Care News, "Custody of a Special-needs Child Sometimes, It’s Better to Focus on Quality Parent Time, Not Quantity," Melissa R. Gillis, Esq., accessed March 30, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

How Can We Help?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location

Law Offices of Ashley Philpot Mattos
1330 W Center Ave
Visalia, CA 93291

Phone: 559-544-9696
Fax: 559-566-4866
Map & Directions