Divorce and Your Child with Special Needs

Posted by Patricia Manko on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 07:55 AM

divorce  special needs resized 600Finding a fair and equitable agreement when parties are divorcing is often a challenge. When parents of a child with special needs separate and divorce, the challenge is magnified. Based upon our experience, both personal and professional, it is critical to bring parents into agreement on a plan that does not take sides, but focuses on representing the needs of their child.

This means planning for families with unique sets of circumstances. Some ways we may be able to help are: 

  • Defining and describing the needs of the child based upon our understanding of the obstacles children with special needs may have in growing up.
  • Connecting parents, when interested, with various agencies who provide support services.
  • Informing parents on available government programs.
  • Based upon the child’s unique situation, quantifying the amount of financial support necessary to meet these needs for the short- and long-term.
Importantly, we not only define the need but can work with the parties to realistically plan and make it achievable. 

Tags: Special Needs Financial Planning, Divorce

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