Divorce and the special needs child a guide for parents

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Price, Margaret S
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This book takes a comprehensive look at every aspect of the legal divorce process, and addresses the legal issues that divorcing parents of children with special needs face. It guides parents throu...

This book takes a comprehensive look at every aspect of the legal divorce process, and addresses the legal issues that divorcing parents of children with special needs face. It 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.

Margaret "Pegi" Price
  • London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010
Physical Details
  • 1 online resource (274 p.)
9781283906258, 1283906252, 9780857002846, 0857002848, 1849058253

  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English

  • FRONT COVER; Divorce and the Special Needs Child:A Guide for Parents; Contents; DISCLAIMER; NOTE; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; PREFACE; CHAPTER 1Your Child's Special Needs; Types of special needs and disabilities; Why does this matter in divorce court?; Impact of divorce on special needs children; CHAPTER 2How to Hire a Good Divorce Lawyer for Your Special Needs Case; Choosing your divorce lawyer; Finding good candidates; The interview; The lawyer's approach and personality; The lawyer's credentials; Expectations; Office procedures and practices; CHAPTER 3How Does a Case Go through Divorce Court?
  • Overview of family courtsThe first documents filed with the court; Additional documents filed with the court; Temporary orders and other motions; Orders of Protection; Court meetings or conferences; Discovery; What you need to know before the first court date; Settlement or trial; CHAPTER 4What Is Different about Your Case?; Child custody and visitation; Child support; Alimony (maintenance or spousal support); Property distribution and retirement accounts; Guardian-ad-Litem; Expert witnesses; Proving your case to the court; Parenting Plan; Settlement Agreement; Judgment of Dissolution
  • CHAPTER 5Child Custody and VisitationCustody factors; Visitation factors; Unique custody and visitation factors for a child with special needs; CHAPTER 6Child Support; Current expenses; Therapy, equipment, and medications; Supplements, dietary costs, and sensory items; Respite care; Professionals; Home modifications; Future changes in the child's condition or needs; CHAPTER 7Alimony (maintenance or spousal support); Primary caregiver's job future; Primary caregiver's future retirement savings; How the noncustodial parent can help; CHAPTER 8Property Distribution and Retirement Accounts
  • How do we split up the house and other property?What should we do about the debts?; How do we handle the retirement accounts?; CHAPTER 9How You Can Help Your Lawyer Get the Best Result; Reasonable expectations; Be cooperative, not confrontational; Collect medical and educational documents; Help educate your lawyer on your child's special needs; Get evaluations and reports; Guardian-ad-Litem; Expert witnesses; Translate the jargon for your lawyer; CHAPTER 10Tying up Loose Ends; Share information; Sign releases and authorizations; Papers to sign; Car titles, mortgages, and quitclaim deeds
  • Bank and financial accountsEmployers and insurance; Retirement accounts; Schools, daycare, therapists, and doctors; CHAPTER 11Life after Divorce; Your new reality; Two households and visitation; Less money, more expenses; Future relationships; Protecting your child; CHAPTER 12What to Do When Things Change in the Future; When can the court help me in the future?; What should I do then?; CHECKLISTS; SAMPLE DOCUMENTS; REFERENCES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; RESOURCES; GLOSSARY; INDEX
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