Special Education Needs Can Require Private School Tuition in Tenn.

Special Education Needs Can Require Private School Tuition & Tennessee Mother Not Required to Consult with Father

Special Education Needs Can Require Private School Tuition & Tennessee Mother Not Required to Consult with Father

Special Education Needs Can Require Private School Tuition & Tennessee Mother Not Required to Consult with Father

Judi Richardson vs. George Kevin Spanos – Special Education and Private School Tuition in Tennessee Child Support Law

This case stands for the principle that a primary residential parent may unilaterally seek the special education services a child needs, including enrollment in a private school, and compel the other parent to provide the necessary financial support, which may be in addition to the standard child support obligation.

The child at the center of this case was an 11-year old boy named Lewis, who had special education needs.  His Father, Dr. George Kevin Spanos, was a physician, who had little to do with his son.  The Court of Appeals noted that at the time of trial, the Father had not visited Lewis for four years, and that their last visit was an hour spent at a bowling alley. Continue reading

Special Education Needs in Tennessee Child Support by Germantown Divorce Lawyer Miles Mason

Special Education Needs in Tennessee Child Support by Germantown Divorce Lawyer Miles Mason

In the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, exactly what is meant by “special needs education” could be more clearly defined.  Most judges are likely to interpret the provisions in a way that makes logical sense on a case by case basis.  For example, a child with autism, severe learning disabilities, or serious physical challenges will assuredly be deemed to have special education needs.  There may be closer judgment calls when a child has educational needs such as tutoring fees or medication related to diagnosed ADHD.  Continue reading