Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
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I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts divorces with special children more complex

A divorce in Massachusetts or anywhere else in the country can be difficult when children are involved. If a couple has children with special needs, the situation becomes much more complex.

If a divorce involves children with special needs, the couple may need the support of an experienced attorney, who will not let emotions cloud decision making. Claudette-Jen Girard, who is the founder of her Massachusetts law firm, is not only the mother of a child with special needs, but she has also gone through a similar situation herself.

Any experienced attorney will understand that when a divorce involves children with special needs, any settlement must keep the needs of the children as the top priority. Most children with special needs are on an individualized education plan. That is also referred to as a 504 plan. Those plans ensure that the children receive a special education curriculum, which is customized to their needs. The couple that is going through the divorce should understand that the school may not contact both parents, even if they have joint custody.

In such a situation, the divorce agreement needs to be written in such a way that the parents must at least be consulted about issues pertaining to the school and to the child's education. There must be enough checks and balances so that one parent does not get in the way of the other. However, in cases where one parent seems more competent at making decisions, the divorce agreement should be structured accordingly.

It is important for a child with special needs to have appropriate accommodations. While drawing up the divorce agreement, it is essential for an attorney to ensure that the child's special needs are satisfied completely.

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