For families with special needs children, life looks a little different from the average family. This doesn't mean you love your children any less, it just means that your responsibilities and center of focus can be different from parents who do not have special needs children. Divorce, though, can give rise to certain considerations when these parents decide to divorce.. This is why it is often wise to work with a qualified legal professional when dealing with marriage dissolution.
The emotional toll that a divorce can take on a child, let alone a special needs child, is of course very important. Ideally, a divorce would leave a child in a happy and healthy condition. However, change can be particularly difficult for special needs children. This can be for a variety of reasons, but often it's because they have a hard time adapting to change or they have a hard time understanding the why behind the divorce, which can cause a lot of stress for the child.
However, there are ways to approach divorce from a positive place regardless of the health of your children. At Claudette-Jean Girard Attorney at Law our entire staff takes the emotional ramifications of divorce seriously. We have recommendations on how best to approach marriage dissolution so as to limit the emotional toll, and are happy to guide our clients through a process that keeps emotional health in mind.
Special needs children will likely require special care and attention through a divorce. While every child learns and understands at their own pace, special needs children may need extra love and care. Being prepared to handle divorce with delicacy can help ensure not only a fair and favorable outcome, but also protect a child's best interests.