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Special Needs Children

Families that include children with special needs have special concerns that may include their child’s psychiatric, medical or developmental issues.  Parents often are dealing with a mix of feelings –  anxiety, guilt, anger, resentments, despair and fears for their child’s future.  And there are often significant expenses raising a child with special needs.

Parents of special needs children come with hard-earned wisdom and sensitivity; they also come with confusion and uncertainty about how to move forward in divorce in a way that will not add further to their child’s burdens. In addition to the usual tasks of addressing schedules and decision-making in divorce, there are often additional issues including how to meet their child’s physical and emotional needs and questions about therapy and remediation.

These circumstances often call for special parenting plan modifications and individual accommodations.  This requires time, patience, and attention to the needs of the particular child.

We can assist in this challenging task. Both mediators have children with special needs and so have personal as well as professional experience in confronting such unique challenges in parenting. We will assist parents in customizing a plan incorporating their child’s abilities, as well as needs, that will help the child thrive. More cooperative parenting is often needed post-divorce as parents contend with our complex health-care system, barriers to obtaining resources in the educational system, and limited social support.  We’ll help with the conversations necessary to develop a plan that supports the child’s, as well as each parent’s, well being.

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