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Divorce Considerations for the Special Needs Child

We know that the divorce rate among all couples is about 50%, but there is no question that divorce rates are even higher among parents of children with special needs.

Below is an article written by Dr. Howard Drutman and Marsha Schechtman, LCSW. In this article they talk about the considerations that must be understood about the special needs child. In addition to their information we also have to think about the financial needs of the special needs child after a divorce.

Special needs children have more expenses than a child without special needs. There is typically a need to consider therapy, as well as non-prescription medical expenses, in addition to more traditional medical expenses.

Special needs children often have the need for multiple types of therapy, such as occupational,  speech, physical, and psychiatric therapy.

In addition, special needs children may have the need for medical expenses that are non-prescription. Examples of these are: vitamins, nutriments, and other dietary needs, assistive devices, and special cars. Realistically, it’s impossible to list every accommodation that may need to be made for the special needs child, as it varies from one family to another. The end of the marriage does not end the commitment to the child with special needs.

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