One of the most difficult challenges faced by Nebraska parents after a divorce is the fact that they will not be present for every moment of a child’s life. This may be particularly difficult if the child has special medical needs that may require support and care. Your child could have a range of medical needs and behavior issues, such as attention deficit disorder, and you may want to maintain your right to have a say in the management of the condition and other needs.
If your child has ADHD, he or she may struggle with the changes brought about by this process. Kids may have a difficult time adjusting to changes, and you may see shifts in your child’s behavior. Despite how you feel about each other, it may be more important than ever to work alongside the other parent to provide as much stability and continuity of lifestyle as possible.
Focusing on the needs of the child
A child with ADHD may need specialized care and support, which can be difficult to provide during and after a divorce, especially when the child is going between two different households. However, the following may be helpful considerations for divorced parents who want to protect the best interests of their children above all else:
- Be sure to keep appointments, even if they happen to fall during your designated parenting time.
- Use apps to share calendars for appointments related to your child’s medical needs so that one parent does not forget something important.
- Agree on expectations for the child’s behavior in the home, academic standards and goals for improvement.
- Meet with care providers together in order to provide the best possible care for the child.
Caring for an ADHD child may be even more complicated after a divorce, which is why it is useful to focus on the best interests of the child above all else. This includes how you feel about the other parent or other divorce-related factors that lead to temporary emotions.
Lay the foundation for a strong future
The best possible post-divorce future for your ADHD starts with a thoughtful and carefully crafted custody and visitation plan. Your custody plan will impact your family for years to come, and it is in your interests to focus on what will be best long-term. Before you make any decisions that could affect your kids in the future, you may benefit from seeking experienced professional guidance.