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NADP Monthly Member Meeting-Special Needs- Introduction to the challenges families with a special needs loved one faces during divorce.

July 20 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm EDT

Families with a special needs loved one experience divorce at alarmingly high rates…and they need your help!

According to the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs; Based on the series of screening questions, a total of 12.8 percent of children under age 18 in the United States, or about 9.4 million children, are estimated to have special health care needs. Children with special health care needs are present in 20 percent of U.S. households with children.

These families face additional stressors that traditional families do not have. Their children face unique medical, intellectual, physical, emotional, or behavioral challenges. Often times the parents are not on the same page when it comes to how they will raise their child. Sadly, these stresses are too big to overcome in their marriage and a divorce becomes likely.

There are layers of complications that are unique to a special needs family. How a settlement statement is written can determine whether that child is still eligible for benefits or loses them due to a lack of awareness and expertise in working with these families.

Simply by the numbers, mentioned above, it is likely that you will have a family with a special needs loved one walk into your office (or onto a zoom consultation) and they will require an expert that understands the layers of issues that need to be handled with extreme care.

The divorce rate for families with children with special needs is much higher than the national average. The result is a burgeoning number of cases for this population. This workshop offers a pragmatic look at how the collaborative divorce process improves the likelihood of a better outcome for the family. Divorce professionals will learn about the benefits of the collaborative process for a family with a child with special needs and addresses issues regarding parental conflict, financial planning, educational differences, medical and therapeutic needs, community based support, child custody/timeshare/parenting plans and child support differences and needs, the relationship between financial planning and government benefits, and the overall impact on siblings and parents in the divorce process.  Our collaborative team of presenters includes an attorney, financial neutral, mental health professional, special needs child consultant, financial planner, and the personal story of the impact of the court system on one attorney’s family in a divorce involving a child on the autism spectrum.

At this meeting, you will hear from experts in special needs planning, family law with a special needs child, the role of special needs trusts, and much more on how you can help your clients through this challenging time.

Topics for presentation;

1.      Participants will learn the classification and definitions of the term “developmental disabilities” (“special needs”) from a clinical, developmental, and legal perspective and the impact of disability on marital status.

2.       Participants will be able to identify and implement specific questions and approaches unique to the collaborative intake and assessment process in the determination for suitability of collaborative practice for families with a child with developmental disabilities.

3.       Participants will be able to identify key areas and concerns for assisting in the development of parenting plans and financial plans for families of children with developmental disabilities.

We have 2 CLE credits(2 General, or 2 certification credits in Marital and Family Law issued by the Florida Bar for NADP members, and 1.5 CFP credits. (The Florida Bar has reciprocal agreements with many states. For New York and Illinois, this meets your requirements for at least 50% being presented by an attorney. All of this information will be available to you on our website the day after the presentation.)

All meetings include:

NADP membership includes access to NADP Monthly Member Meeting held the 3rd Tuesday every month at 12- 1:30 noon EST.

  • NADP Ed Talks presented by Thought Leaders and Divorce-Industry Experts
  • Opportunity to network and connect with fellow members
  • Association Updates/Announcements

Registrations are closed for this event.