Aside from the divorcing couple, the children suffer the most during a divorce. However, the situation could grow more complicated if the family has a child with special needs.
Meeting your child’s unique medical requirements could be challenging enough. Adding marital stress might be too much for you and your children.
The divorce rate for families with disabled children is 87%. Meanwhile, families with at least one child suffering from autism have an 80% divorce rate. Divorce is common among these families, leading to more stress and tension.
Emotions run high in these situations, setting a perfect environment for disputes and distress. Fortunately, you and your ex could take measures to minimize your divorce’s impact on your children, including the following:
- Seek support from family, friends and professionals.
- Develop a parenting plan considering your children’s special needs.
- Receive an evaluation from a doctor or therapist to pinpoint any factors you missed.
- Avoid exposing your children to conflicts related to divorce.
- Check on the siblings of your child with special needs.
- Spend time with your children and meet their parenting requirements.
- Define your roles as parents, whether one of you needs to stay at home as the designated caregiver.
- Openly communicate about financial obligations.
These tips might not guarantee smooth sailing during your divorce, but they can help you cover all your children’s needs.
Other matters parents could discuss
One of the most critical things any child needs is stability. It is also true for children with special needs. You and your ex could discuss maintaining a stable structure for your children while adjusting to the new family situation.
As parents, you could also discuss future matters concerning your child with special needs, such as special needs trusts, government benefits and long-term care insurance.