It is well known in Ohio that when going through a divorce with kids, it is important to ensure that things are done in the best interests of the child. Child custody agreements and any visitation agreements are made so a child can be raised by the people who uphold his or her best interests. For most children, the care and financial support agreed upon in these settlements ends when they turn 18 or 21.

However, for children that may have special needs, care doesn't always end at 18 or 21. Special needs children often require care for their entire lives. In the case of divorced parents dealing with a special needs child, the financial assistance of child support may be required past that cut-off.

Some states have adopted legislation that continues legal agreements of support for special needs children after the typical cut-off age, but in many areas, parents are left to attempt to make these same agreements without legal assistance. If parents don't share an amicable relationship, these agreements can be difficult to create and uphold.

Ohio parents of special needs children may find difficulty with arranging child custody and making care decisions for their children. Cooperation and flexibility is important due to adapting and difficult schedules that these children often have. Overall, divorcing parents with children who need extra assistance may benefit from maintaining peaceful communication in order to serve the best interests of their child. Ultimately, it's best to put the bickering aside and think about those who really matter.

Source: Huffington Post, "Listen to Our Children in Need: Special Needs Children and Divorce," Sherri Donovan, May 4, 2012