Divorce and Children with Special Needs

Divorce can be a difficult time in a child's life, because it can be difficult for them to understand and it signifies a life-altering change in their lives. This is particularly true for children who have special needs, and divorce can be especially difficult for their parents. Couples who have a child with special needs probably spent much of their marriage caring for and worrying about their child, and this concern will continue even after the marriage ends. If you're the parent of a child with special needs and you're worried how your divorce will affect him or her, contact the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP by calling 760-722-7646.

Coping with the Change

If you're considering a divorce and you have a child who requires special care, you're probably concerned about how he or she will receive that care after you and your spouse split. The following tips can help you make it through the transition and beyond:

  • It's important that your child get the care he or she needs. While this may be a painful decision to make, you need to decide which parent will be better able to provide that care.
  • Work to create a safety net of friends and family. Odds are that you won't be able to do it all alone, and the people close to you are your source for help, inspiration, and balance. Don't be afraid to ask favors.
  • As with almost any divorce, you should make sure that the child continues to have a good relationship with the non-custodial parent. Except in cases of abuse or addiction, it's better for a child to have both parents.
  • Make sure the child support payments are sufficient to cover the needs of your child. If you are the one paying the support payments, it's important to realize the responsibility you have to the child.

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If you or someone you love is going through a divorce that affects special-needs children, contact the San Diego divorce attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP by calling 760-722-7646 today.

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