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How to Split a Toaster • Season 8 • Episode 16

When Co-Parenting Falls Apart: Navigating Care for a Special Needs Child After Divorce

Navigating Co-Parenting of a Child with Special Needs
In this episode of How to Split a Toaster, Seth and Pete dive into a challenging listener question about co-parenting a child with special needs after divorce. They aim to provide guidance and perspective, even when there are no easy solutions.

Our listener wrote in, explaining how their once amicable co-parenting relationship completely deteriorated over disagreements related to caring for their special needs child after the divorce. Seth and Pete emphasize the difficulties that can emerge when expectations change, acceptance differs, and consistency in care becomes paramount.

Questions we answer in this episode:

  • How can you rebuild communication with an ex over a child’s care?
  • What role can your divorce attorney play in this process?
  • How do you balance caring for other kids as well?

Key Takeaways:

  • Overcommunication is essential for co-parenting a special needs child
  • Finding acceptance early is crucial to stay on the same page
  • Consistency of care should be the north star, despite disputes

This profoundly challenging issue rarely has simple solutions. But Seth and Pete provide their best advice for navigating the tricky waters of co-parenting a special needs child after divorce. Their insights make this episode invaluable for anyone facing this difficult situation.

Links & Notes

Seth Nelson is a Tampa based family lawyer known for devising creative solutions to difficult problems. In How to Split a Toaster, Nelson and co-host Pete Wright take on the challenge of divorce with a central objective — saving your most important relationships with your family, your former spouse, and yourself.
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