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How to handle divorce in Florida with special needs children

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2023 | Divorce

Florida parents raising special needs kids know how challenging it can be. A survey showed that as many as 87% of parents with disabled or special needs children end up getting a divorce.

Sometimes divorce honestly can’t be avoided, though. For example, if you and your spouse are separating, you may be wondering how to handle the divorce with your children.

Create a parenting plan early on

Parenting plans can be lifesavers for many families after divorce with or without disabilities. In addition, many parents who can work together for the sake of their children will have no problems creating a parenting plan.

This plan will address things like who gets to make medical decisions, how custody is arranged, and how to balance workloads. If you have multiple children, it will also address the needs of each child individually.

Address change in cost

Disabled children or children with special needs often need specialized care, attention, or equipment. It can be expensive enough to make one home handicap accessible, let alone two.

In addition, it’s essential to address how to financially care for your children when you no longer share an income. Managing these things early on and consulting professionals as needed is the best course for many parents, especially since it may take multiple conversations.

How to tell your children about it

Learning about their parent’s divorce can be challenging for any child. For children with disabilities or special needs, it may be even harder to process this information.

As a result, you and your spouse may want to break the news gently to your child. You’ll want to be transparent, but make sure the actual changes are slow and gradual. A therapist may be able to help you and your soon-to-be ex navigate this transition.