As a parent of a child with special needs, you are almost certainly well-versed in advocating for your child's best interest. You likely go to battle in order to ensure that his or her rights are respected and needs are met physically, emotionally, socially and educationally on a regular basis. As a result, it will likely not surprise you that in child custody cases, you will be compelled by the court to make decisions in your child's best interest.
Every child custody case is supposed to be decided according to this best interests standard. However, the best interests of a special needs child often differ from those of children without special needs. If you and your spouse are in agreement about how your child's care will be provided for and how costs will be split, then the process should not be too taxing on your family. However, if you and your spouse are in disagreement about your child's care and expenses, the process can be complex and frustrating.
No matter what your unique situation is, you do not have to go through the process of divorce and determining child custody alone. In fact, it is in both your best interests and your child's that you retain the experienced counsel of an attorney who has handled divorce cases involving families with special needs children.
An experienced attorney can help you navigate the process and advocate for your child's best interests. You may have had to advocate for your family all on your own in the past. But during this life transition, an experienced attorney can shoulder much of the weight for you.