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Family Mediator Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs

In California family law matters, there are unique issues for parents who have children with special needs. Because of her social work training in developmental disabilities and her personal experience, Mara Berke has a deep understanding of the intricacies of these issues. She is keenly attuned to the challenges in addressing daily routines and the myriad decisions parents must face concerning their children. As your family mediator, Mara is able to anticipate potential areas of conflict and guide you to work as a team, benefiting and supporting you, your children and the relationships with your children’s service providers and school personnel. Her empathy and dedication to the voices of your children allows her to strive to reduce the potential for conflict between parents and resolve it more efficiently when it does arise.

By way of example, parents of children with special needs may have the following questions:

  • What type of custody schedule will support the routines and consistency our children need?
  • How will we agree on the treatment modalities for our children?
  • How will we choose and coordinate our service providers for occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other therapies?
  • How will we insure that any necessary assessments are done for our children?
  • How will we agree on the services, goals, and recommendations or decide to dispute them at our IEP meeting?
  • How are we going to choose the best school placement for our children?
  • How are we going to decide on medication for our children and its administration?

Mara cares deeply about children’s special needs and parents working cooperatively as a team for their children’s benefit. Her resourcefulness and out-of-the-box thinking is especially helpful to families who have more complex parenting issues to be addressed. As a Santa Monica family mediator who knows resources in the community and who understands these parenting issues, a mediator like Mara is an asset in assisting families through the California divorce process.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs and currently going through the process of divorce, contact Berke Family Mediation to schedule a consultation with our Santa Monica family mediator.