DuPage County Special Needs Children and Divorce Attorneys
Experienced Lawyers for Clients Facing Divorce with Disabled Children in Lombard, Naperville, and St. Charles
When a marriage is dissolved, it can take a major toll on the children. However, when it comes to special needs children and divorce, there are several additional issues that must be addressed. Parents must be willing to work collaboratively on these issues so both the short-term and long-term the needs of the disabled child will be met. If you are going through a divorce and have a special needs child (or children), it is important to be represented by a family law attorney with extensive experience in this area of the law.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have represented spouses dealing with special needs children and divorce for over 40 years. Our award-winning attorneys have in-depth knowledge of the common issues couples with disabled children face during a divorce. We are honest, approachable, compassionate, and committed to protecting the interests of each client we serve. We understand that every family situation is unique, and we take the time to listen to your concerns and develop a comprehensive solution that addresses your needs and accomplishes your goals. We also remain as accessible as possible to our clients, with extended evening and weekend hours and prompt responses to all client inquiries.
Special Needs Children and Divorce in Illinois
When couples with special needs children divorce, there can be numerous challenges to address. These include:
- Child Custody and Visitation Arrangements: Frequent transitions are not always best for a special needs child. For this reason, it sometimes works better to schedule less frequent and more extended parenting time with the non-custodial parent. Depending on how the parents have previously handled decisions about how to meet a child's needs, their medical care, or their education, decision-making responsibilities in these areas may be shared by the parents or allocated to one parent.
- Additional Medical Expenses: The child support arrangements may need to be modified to ensure that children receive additional support for medical expenses (such as physical or occupational therapies) that are not always covered by health insurance.
- Special Educational Needs: Special needs children often have learning disabilities that incur additional expenses for resources such as special schooling or at-home tutoring. Child support arrangements may need to take these expenses into account.
- Government Benefits: Many disabled children receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to help cover their expenses. To ensure that the receipt of child support payments does not affect these benefits, a special needs (OBRA) trust may be a good option.
When parents of special needs children choose to divorce, they may face numerous complications that can put physical, emotional, and financial stress on all parties involved. Our skilled attorneys are compassionate and down to earth, and we will work hard to effectively address your child's unique needs and make your experience with us as smooth and seamless as possible. For a free initial consultation, contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100.