Divorce rates are significantly higher for couples with special needs children. The wide variety of needs inherent in parenting a special needs child, coupled with the powerful emotions present within the family put the divorce rate at anywhere from 60% to 90%.
When divorce rates reach such extraordinary heights the need for careful thought in crafting child custody agreements is clear. Discussion and negotiation must reach an agreement that will cater to the special needs child first and foremost, in order to provide them with the unique care that each parent has to give and that they require.
At this point co-parenting becomes a viable and attractive option. Co-parenting is about parents working together to develop and implement a practical plan for cooperative child-rearing. It involves working with a trained counselor in developing communication skills allowing both parents to work together in ways that address the needs of their children first and foremost.
When both parents are able to focus on their child, rather than peripheral issues, it is much easier to collaborate with each other and truly benefit your children.
Co-parenting is requires openness and patience, but it can be done, to the benefit of your child’s wellbeing!