Children without special needs may have a difficult time coping when their parents breakup. Imagine, then, what it would be like for children in California who do have special needs, like autism? They will likely need extra help to deal with their parents’ divorce. Indeed, both the children and the parents may need professional help in this instance.

When a child is autistic, it may be helpful to look for a mental health professional who has a background working with children with autism. Parents may have put their relationship on the back burner to help their child and so both individuals need to practice self care in order to best help their child. Once parents take care of their own needs — even though they haven’t been able to weather the storms as a couple — they can better parent their special needs child with compassion, patience and understanding.

So, how parents handle their own divorce will either positively or negatively impact their children, especially those who need extra care. Parents who are divorcing need to process their own emotions to be able to help their children. A child’s self-confidence and self-esteem are tied in to how their parents feel about themselves, so when children see parents who treat themselves lovingly, with patience, the kids will get the idea.

A California lawyer can help his or her client deal with the legalities of divorce, and may also be able to offer up the names of professionals to assist those clients who have children with special needs. When children are involved in divorce, the law insists that their best interests always come first. An attorney may be able to help ensure this.