Can a Marriage Survive While Raising a Special Needs Child?

Marriage & Special Needs Child

They say the divorce rate for couples raising a special needs child is between 70-80%.  Raising a special needs child is hard and will definitely place tremendous strain on a marriage.

FamilyAffaires.com Contributor & Psychologist, Dr. Dan Gottlieb doesn’t believe the above statistics are correct.  While the number of divorces among special needs parents is high, there are may marriages that do survive.  Dr. Dan talks about his own divorce that occurred after his care accident that left him disabled.  Although the strains of a disability definitely added to the reasons for his divorce, it was not the only reason.

In today’s video blog Dr. Dan discussed with FamilyAffaries.com Community Advocate, Roseann Vanella the feeling of betrayal that couples experience when finding out that their loved one has been disabled or has a special need.  He gives advice on what couples can discuss from the on set in order to safe guard their marriage and to be able to continue to raise a special needs child together in a supportive environment.

Are you a special needs parent?  We would love to hear your experiences and comments. Please join us over at our Forum.  The more information that is out there, the better we can support the special needs community.

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About Dan Gottlieb

Dr. Dan Gottlieb has been practicing psychology since 1969.Since 1985, Daniel Gottlieb has been hosting “Voices in the Family,” an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on WHYY 90.9 FM, Philadelphia’s local public radio station. He has also previously published a total of four books. His most recent, “The Wisdom of Sam: Observations on Life from an Uncommon Child,”. In it, Dan tells of some of the remarkable insights shared by his grandson Sam who is on the autism spectrum. All of his royalties are donated to children’s charities. Dan is also a contributor to the Dana & Christopher Reeves Foundation.

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