Special needs children receive far more consideration from the courts in today’s environment. The Divorce Act provides that, depending upon the circumstances, special needs children may require support to be paid as long as their special needs impacts upon their ability to withdraw from their parents charge or care.
The issues in section 24 of the Children’s Law Reform Act are as relevant for special needs children as for any other children. Parents should well spend extra time in the preparation of any parenting plan to be put before the courts. As well, professionals currently addressing the children’s needs should be on board with any plan for these children.