Divorce and the Special Needs Child: A Guide for Parents

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 15, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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Going through a divorce is always tough, but when a child with special needs is involved it can be especially challenging. This book takes a clear and comprehensive look at every aspect of the legal divorce process, and addresses all of the legal issues that divorcing parents of children with special needs face. The author guides parents through the initial hurdles of choosing the right lawyer for their case, and explains exactly how to work with them to achieve the best possible outcome for all concerned. From agreeing upon child custody arrangements that meet the particular needs of the child, to making provision for child support payments, gathering together the documentation needed to prove a case, and dealing with financial issues such as debts and property distribution, no aspect of divorce is left uncovered. A set of checklists is included to ensure that parents consider everything they need to, and the book concludes with a useful list of further resources. Written by an experienced family lawyer who went through her own divorce when her son, who has autism, was six, this book offers much-needed guidance to divorcing parents of children with a variety of special needs.
 

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Contents

DISCLAIMER
10
NOTE
11
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
12
PREFACE
14
CHAPTER 1 Your Childs Special Needs
15
CHAPTER 2 How to Hire a Good Divorce Lawyer for Your Special Needs Case
37
CHAPTER 3 How Does a Case Go through Divorce Court?
53
CHAPTER 4 What Is Different about Your Case?
81
CHAPTER 9 How You Can Help Your Lawyer Get the Best Result
141
CHAPTER 10 Tying up Loose Ends
149
CHAPTER 11 Life after Divorce
157
CHAPTER 12 What to Do When Things Change in the Future
161
CHECKLISTS
165
SAMPLE DOCUMENTS
175
REFERENCES
213
BIBLIOGRAPHY
215

CHAPTER 5 Child Custody and Visitation
109
CHAPTER 6 Child Support
121
CHAPTER 7 Alimony maintenance or spousal support
131
CHAPTER 8 Property Distribution and Retirement Accounts
135
RESOURCES
229
GLOSSARY
260
INDEX
267
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Margaret "Pegi" Price is a family lawyer who specializes in divorces involving special needs children. She is a past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and a member of AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts) and the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). She is also the author of The Special Needs Child and Divorce, published by the American Bar Association. Margaret went through a divorce when her son, who has autism, was six.

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