Divorce and the Special Needs Family

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Recorded On: 06/19/2018

Statistics show that 20 percent of the U.S. population is affected by special needs. While the divorce rate among families with special needs is often the topic of great debate, there is one fact that remains certain: the complexity of a divorce proceeding increases exponentially when working with families with special needs. Knowing how to handle financial planning for families with special needs at the onset of a divorce process will help to ensure that the future of the family member with special needs is considered in all aspects of the negotiations, including child support, alimony, and custodial decisions including guardianship.

Find out how child support and alimony can adversely affect eligibility of potential government benefits; how to preserve assets with the use of special needs trusts; and how to address conflicts related to quantifying future care needs and selecting future trustees. As a financial professional with extensive expertise in this area, Mary Anne Ehlert will help you understand the importance of addressing these issues early in the process and how to ensure that a family member with special needs is not overlooked in the process.

Mary Anne Ehlert


Mary Anne Ehlert, CFP®, is the Founder and President of Protected Tomorrows. She is also a mother, a sister and a daughter to her loved ones with disabilities. She is highly regarded as a specialist in working with families of individuals with disabilities and the elderly and speaks to conferences and television audiences on financial planning.


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