Aug 4, 2020
In this edition of Parenting Impossible, Annette and her
husband Mark Worthington discuss what you need to consider during
the divorce process as a parent of a special needs child. Mark is
Senior Counsel at Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts and is a
Professor of Law at Western New England University School of Law.
He has also been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
every year since 2008.
Annette and Mark begin the show with a conversation about the
increased number of people filing for divorce during the pandemic.
The rise comes as more people have been forced to spend extended
periods of time quarantined together. While divorce is a stressful
process in general, it comes with an additional set of challenges
for couples with special needs children.
Annette begins with her advice on creating a trust for child
support. While she acknowledges each situation is different, she
generally believes most cases do not require one for children under
the age of 18. Once the child becomes an adult, a new plan must be
put in place.
Annette and Mark also share their thoughts on the importance
of planning for the future. That includes figuring out what will
change once your special needs child becomes an adult, health
insurance options, and estate planning. The couple breaks down some
of the options that are available and why it’s so important to lay
them out during the divorce process.
Annette Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special
Needs, Elder Law, and Estate Planning for more than 20 years. Ms.
Hines brings personal experience with special needs to her practice
and podcasts as the mother of two daughters, one of whom passed
away from Mitochondrial disease in November 2013. This deep,
personal understanding of special needs fuels her passion for
quality special needs planning and drives her dedication to help
others within the special needs community.