child with special needs

Understanding How Child Support Works For a Child With Special Needs Beyond 18
Parental responsibilities for a child with special needs vastly differ from those with non-special needs children. One of the differences in responsibilities includes child support for a child with special needs even after the child turns 18. This is a sensitive and well-debated issue. In this blog post, we will provide more information about the considerations you will need to take for a child with special needs beyond his or her 18th birthday.   Many parents wonder whether or not they should ask or provide continuous child support even after their special needs child turns 18.     Understanding Child Support Laws in Texas     As you are probably well-aware, each state has its own child support laws that may differ from that of the other states. When it comes to Texas child support laws, you can always refer to the Texas Family Code for further information. However, we will summarize it for you. The child support obligation in Texas usually ends when the child graduates from high school or turns 18, whichever of the two events occur later. This is typically stated in the final decree of divorce. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the paying parent cannot provide child support should he or she chooses to support the child further.  However, at this point, child support is generally no longer an obligation for the paying parent.   The thing is, things can be different for children with special needs. Unlike non-special needs children, they might not be able to provide for themselves the moment they turn 18 or graduate from high school. This doesn’t mean that a child with special needs won’t be able to support himself or herself forever. There are many cases when adults with disabilities can support themselves fully, however, it might require more […]

Understanding How Child Support Works For a Child With Special Needs

Dealing With a Family Law Case Involving a Child With Special Needs
When you are a family with a child with special needs, you must have experienced firsthand how challenging it can be. However, not everything is a challenge: there are a variety of opportunities too. Your child with special needs will be loved and cared for and mostly, the only differences you have to experience involve having to pay more attention to your child’s school work and activities in his or her daily life. Having a child with special needs means you have the opportunity to sacrifice your wants and prioritize your child’s needs instead. When you have an ongoing family law case in Texas involving a child with special needs, you can expect it to be tougher than other family law cases.   When you have a child who does not have special needs, you can assume that the path the child will take will be the same path you took while growing up, in terms of school, career, family and social relationships. When your child is a child with special needs, you can’t expect a similar path, because your child’s path will not always be a straight one. You will have to work with educators, doctors, and other professionals to provide each of your child’s needs. For a child with special needs, special attention is really necessary throughout his or her life.     Dealing With The Needs Of Your Child With Special Needs     Having a child with special needs means that your responsibilities as a parent are more demanding than that of other parents. You’re going to be emotional a lot of times, more than other parents. Being a parent is originally emotional, but you will be more emotionally invested if your child is one with special needs. It is important to make it a point […]

When a Family Law Case Involves a Child With Special Needs