Family Law Section Meeting
“Children with Disabilities in Family Law Cases”
Attorney Tresi Weeks of the Weeks Law Firm, PLLC will discuss maximizing the wellbeing of a child with disabilities in family law cases. She will explore the statutes that allow child support to be ordered beyond the age of 18 for children with disabilities. The presentation will detail crucial government benefits that may be available for a child with special needs, the eligibility requirements for the different programs, and how those benefits are affected by child support payments. She will explore ways to protect those benefits through the use of special needs trusts and specific decree language. Tresi will provide guidance when advising divorcing parents to prepare new wills and perhaps a special needs trust so that life insurance and other assets can be left to the child when the parent dies, without affecting SSI and Medicaid.