We know that the divorce rate among all couples is about 50%, but there is no question that divorce rates are even higher among parents of children with special needs.
Below is an article that was written by Dr. Howard Drutman and Marsha Schechtman, LCSW. In this article, they talk about the considerations that must be understood about the special needs child. In addition to their information, we also have to think about the financial needs of the special needs child.
Some Items to Think About Regarding Financial Needs:
Special needs children have more expenses than a child without special needs.
They often need all types of therapies including:
They often have additional costs including:
The End of the Marriage Does Not End the Commitment to the Child with Special Needs
It is important for any child support dedicated to a child with special needs to be allocated under the divorce agreement to a special needs trust so that the assets do not affect the child’s ability to receive government assistance. It is important that each parent have appropriate special needs planning in order to protect the child’s eligibility for assistance.
Special Needs Trusts
There are two types of special needs trusts.
The First-Party Special Needs Trust can only be set up by a parent, grandparent, guardian or a court. It can only be set up for someone who is deemed to be disabled under the Social Security Administration’s definition.
There are many more items to be considered and it is highly recommended to seek the advice of professionals who work in this area.