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Child support is vital for a divorced parent of an autistic child

Massachusetts parents understand that it costs a lot of money to raise a child from birth to age 18. But parents of children with disabilities on the autism spectrum are hit with even more expenses. Depending on the extent of the child’s disability, parents may have to provide for their child until he or she is much older than 18. One study estimates that the cost of caring for an autistic child for his or her lifetime could exceed $1.4 million. If a child is hit with the double whammy of intellectual disability as well, that figure can climb to $2.4 million.

Final chapter in child custody case of Massachusetts teen

Hopefully, the last chapter may have been written in the strange 16-month saga of a Connecticut teenager whose case has been documented here and in the news. The teenager has been in the custody of the State of Massachusetts since February 2013, when her parents sought medical help for her at Boston Children's Hospital.

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