Parents dating kids with disabilities
A good starting point is to explore how much you and your spouse agree concerning your child’s disabilities and abilities.
In structuring a divorce agreement, special care must be given to parenting arrangements, estate planning and the child’s transition to adulthood.
Child support charts do not address the extra expenses of a child with special needs.
Other parents may worry that they’ll be less able to provide adequate care as they age and develop disabilities of their own.
Either side may feel guilty about no longer relying on each other, or scared about trying something new.
Since caring for your child with special needs may extend well beyond age of majority, you need to tailor your divorce agreement for the long-term.
Use appropriate special needs trusts, in coordination with public benefits and in contemplation of gifting plans and long-term care insurance.