IEP Could Play Huge Roll in Your Child’s Education and in Your Divorce

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

If you have a special needs child, he or she may already be a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). However, if you are currently going through a divorce involving your special needs child and he or she does not have an IEP, you may be able to negotiate such a plan with your child’s school while divorce proceedings are ongoing.

How IEP Benefits Your Special Needs Child

An IEP is an education designed specifically for your child. This could become particularly important during divorce when your special needs child may be having more trouble in school than usual as a result of the emotional turmoil. Many children with various disabilities qualify for IEP, these disabilities include:

  • Learning disabilities;
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
  • Emotional disorders;
  • Mental retardation;
  • Autism;
  • Hearing impairment;
  • Visual impairment;
  • Speech or language impairment; and
  • Developmental delay.

IEP could also be important in your divorce proceedings and custody arguments for two reasons: your child’s IEP instructors can provide testimony regarding your child’s needs and your own active role in enrolling your child in IEP and participating in your child’s education shows you to be highly involved and indispensible in your child’s life.

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