Special Needs Parenting Orders

Children with special needs may require a higher level of care from their parents and caregivers, depending on the nature of their disability. In circumstances where parents of children with special needs have separated, their parenting Orders should be tailored to suit the circumstances of their child’s medical, educational and therapeutic requirements.

The Family Law Act 1975 does not distinguish between the best interests of a neurotypical child and a special needs child, although these can be significantly different depending on the disability. So what exactly are special needs?

Children with special needs refer to children that have received a medical diagnosis relating to a physical disability, intellectual disability, developmental delay, or mental health condition. Some common examples are autism, ADHD, global developmental delay, anxiety, learning difficulties, and so forth. Children with these conditions are likely to require additional medical intervention, therapeutic support, educational assistance, and emotional support.