Wheaton family law attorneysParenting a child with disabilities can be a joy, but there are numerous challenges as well. When a two-parent household becomes one because of a death, divorce, or separation, those challenges can seem overwhelming. To make matters even worse, such incidents may cause severe regression and long-lasting behavioral problems in children with disabilities. Thankfully, it may be possible to mitigate against the risks in situations like divorce. Learn more, including how a well-crafted parenting plan and the assistance of an attorney can improve the outcome of your Illinois divorce.

Challenges That Special Needs’ Parents May Face in Divorce

Divorcing with a special needs’ child means you not only have the typical challenges in divorce, such as determining how often the child cycles between homes and how you and your ex-spouse will communicate about matters involving your child, you also have the challenges that are specific to your child. For example, if you and your spouse have not always seen eye to eye on the types of treatments or interventions that your child needs, you might be concerned over how medical decisions will be made in the future.

Creating a Parenting Plan That Meets Your Child’s Needs

No two families are the same, but parents who have a child with special needs will have even more unique considerations in their parenting plan. Of paramount concern is how parents can work together to ensure that their child’s medical, therapeutic, and educational needs are met in the years to come. The following questions, though not a comprehensive list of matters to consider during your divorce, can give you a good place to start:

  • Who will be responsible for taking the child to any medical appointments?
  • Will one parent be primarily in charge of the medical decisions, or will they have equal say?
  • How would disputes over medical care be handled, should they arise?
  • Would your spouse’s future mate be permitted to stand in during an individualized educational plan meeting, or should your spouse always be present themselves?
  • How much will each parent pay to cover the cost of school supplies, medical treatments, and therapies?
  • Which parent will pay for the child’s health coverage, and how long will it be required?
  • Who will cover any added expenses for respite care or daycare?

Safety can also be an important consideration, especially if a child is prone to aggression, elopement, or other potentially dangerous behaviors. Parents can develop a safety plan and then add its elements to the parenting plan as well. Consider how safety will be handled at both homes, as well as out in public places with the child, regardless of which parent they are with.

Contact Our Wheaton Family Law Attorneys

Parenting plans are, by nature, complex legal documents that can be difficult to navigate. When you add in the considerations for a special needs’ child, parents also face the risk of forgetting a crucial element that might compromise their child’s safety or care. Do not let this happen to your family. Instead, contact Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC for seasoned legal assistance. Backed by over 40 years of legal experience each, our Wheaton family law attorneys can handle even the most complex of divorce cases. Schedule your personalized consultation by calling 630-665-2500.






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Wheaton divorce lawyersDivorce can be an unpleasant and time-consuming process. A new study also suggests that it may increase your risk of developing an alcohol disorder. Thankfully, you can also mitigate this risk. Learn how and discover what an experienced divorce attorney can do for you in your case.

More on the Study

Previous studies have indicated that divorce may be spurred by the presence of alcohol disorders, but the new study reveals that divorce can also lead to alcohol disorders. Nearly a million Swedes were included in the study – none of which had experienced an alcohol disorder diagnosis prior to their divorce. After a divorce, men were six times more likely to be diagnosed with a first-time alcohol use disorder. Women saw a seven-fold increase in their risk. Rates also remained elevated, even after the researchers accounted for confounding factors, such as low parental education, previous problem behaviors, and a familial risk of alcohol use disorder.

Reducing Your Risk of an Alcohol Use Disorder

Alcohol use disorders do not develop overnight. Instead, they are insidious-like in the way they start. The individual may excuse their drinking, deny it is a problem, and may not even see how it is truly affecting their life. In fact, by the time the problem registers with the affected individual, it may already be a full-blown addiction. One can reduce the risk of this happening, however, so long as you are diligent and understanding of the condition.

Ensure that, first of all, that you have proper support after the divorce. Seek counseling, reach out to friends and family, and attend support groups. If you are going to drink, be sure to do it with your friends or family, rather than at home alone, as those who are close to you are more likely to tell you if a problem may be brewing. If you have a familial risk of alcohol use disorders, you may find that abstinence is the best method for reducing your individual risk.

Contact Our Wheaton Divorce Lawyers for Assistance

Hiring an attorney may not seem like a viable strategy for reducing your risk of an alcohol disorder after divorce, yet attorneys can reduce the overall stress you feel during the divorce process. Able to handle all the legal details, as well as the negotiations between you and your spouse, a lawyer can also improve the overall outcome of your case.

At Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC, we protect your future and best interests in every way possible. No matter what the situation, our Wheaton divorce lawyers will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome. Get started on your case by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 630-665-2500 today.



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DuPage County divorce lawyersSeparating your finances and assets in a divorce can be a contentious and downright frustrating process. Matters can be made worse once parties learn that a divorce decree does not protect them if a spouse fails to make timely payments on a joint credit account. Thankfully, it may be possible to reduce the risk of long-term credit and financial damage after divorce. Learn how, and discover what an experienced divorce lawyer can do for you, with help from the following.

The Truth About Debt and Divorce

While most people recognize that assets are divided in a divorce, not everyone realizes that debts must also be divided. To determine who owes the debt, the courts will examine several different factors, including who benefited most from the debt and who originally took out the line of credit. Debt is then assigned to the parties, much like assets, but that is where the similarities between debts and assets end.

Creditors are not obligated to consider a divorce decree. Instead, they have a contract with the original borrower of funds – this is who they turn to when payments are not made. The original debtor is also the person who takes the hit to their credit, should the debt continue to go unpaid or get sent to collections. In short, it is the individual who originally took out the debt who suffers the negative effects of unpaid debt, regardless of what the divorce decree says.

Mitigating Against the Risk of Unpaid Debts

There are many strategies that individuals can use to mitigate against the risk of unpaid debts after divorce, but one of the most effective is to simply pay off all debts prior to filing. Alternatively, debtors may wish to pay off any debts in their name once they receive their divorce settlement, regardless of who is deemed responsible in the decree. Lastly, individuals will want to ensure they have removed their spouse as an authorized user on all accounts, unless, of course, it is a joint account that is owned by both parties.

Our DuPage County Divorce Lawyers Can Protect Your Financial Future

At Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath, LLC, we take the time to ensure you understand the implications of any decisions you make during divorce. We also help you plan for the undesirable aspects of your case, such as the distribution of debt and assist you in strategizing for the future. Learn more about what our DuPage County divorce lawyers can do to protect your financial well-being by scheduling a personalized consultation. Call 630-665-2500 today.



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