Disability Parenting Plans

Disability Parenting Plans Attorney in Broward County

Helping Families in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, & Plantation

Parenting plans, or child custody and visitation agreements, are often among the most emotionally charged and difficult parts of a divorce. This is especially true when a child has special needs. Determinations on joint custody, spousal and child support, legal custody and more are dependent on each family’s situation. Any agreement must take into account a child’s unique medical, social, psychological, and physical needs. Having guidance from an experienced attorney can make all the difference when crafting a fair child custody agreement.

At the Law Offices of Kelley A. Joseph, P.A., we help families with special needs create robust parenting plans including custody, visitation, financial support, and more. While disputes are inevitable, we strive to promote cooperation and manage parental conflict to create custody agreements that are in the best interest of children.

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  • Highly knowledgeable of complex child custody matters
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Types of Custody Agreements

There are two main types of child custody agreements: Legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody gives one parent power over choices such as medical, educational, and religious decisions, as well as important day-to-day activities. Physical custody refers to who the child will live with. A court may look at which parent has more experienced managing a child’s needs and which parent may be better suited to provide for the special lifestyle modifications a child requires.

Factors in determining custody include:

  • A child’s specific physical and emotional needs
  • The relationship of each parent to the child
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s special needs
  • The environment provided by each parent

Cases where both parents share physical or legal custody are known as joint custody agreements. When one parent is designated as the primary custodian it is known as sole custody. However, custodial responsibilities are not always split evenly. For example, parents may share joint legal custody while one parent retains sole physical custody. Every case is different, and our attorney can help you understand how custody may be determined in your situation.

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Child Support in Special Needs Cases

Once custody has been decided, a court will determine what kind of child support may be required. Child support is typically based on each parent’s income and can vary greatly per the situation. It is also possible for one parent to provide alimony if necessary. The child’s needs must be factored into support agreements and can include additional transportation costs, specialized medical care, specialized childcare, and more. More serious issues may also necessitate expensive, time-intensive solutions which must be taken into account by a plan.

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