Child support agreement modifications and disabled children

Divorce is hard for any parents who share children together, but it can be especially tough for parents of disabled children. Providing care for some disabled children can be both expensive and time-consuming. Divorced parents who once shared those responsibilities sometimes find it extremely difficult to look after their duties to their disabled children on their own.

There are a few things you should know about Maryland child support modifications, whether you are looking to get additional support or seeking to challenge a request for modification. Many child support modification hearings are adversarial. That means that you may be pitted against your ex-spouse’s attorney in court. Fortunately, Maryland law allows either party to retain legal counsel to represent them in these matters.

One source of contention some parents of disabled children face in court is establishing the level of appropriate care for their disabled children. A good example of this might be a case in which one parent does not believe that their child is disabled. Medical experts may be required to give testimony regarding a particular diagnosis. Perhaps additional physical or psychological testing of a child is required in order to form a more accurate assessment of his or her disabilities.

Another source of contention sometimes arises between parents of disabled children regarding what constitutes appropriate care. For example, a child with a mild form of autism or a learning disability may not necessarily require certain types of cognitive or physical therapies. Alternatively, a child support order may need to be amended if a child’s disability worsens as he or she continues to grow and develop.

It’s important to know that Maryland courts will always make their determinations with regards to preserving the best interests of any children involved. Your family law attorney can help you assemble your case and present it before the court with your child’s best interests in mind.

Source: American Bar Association, “When Parents of Children with Disabilities Divorce” Barbara Epperson, accessed Mar. 12, 2015