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Consider special needs when creating your parenting plan

Some children have special needs that don't exactly fit into the box. Perhaps your child has developmental difficulties relating to motor skills, cognition or psychology -- or maybe your child has a medical condition that requires constant attention, special treatments and care. Maybe your child simply doesn't like to be separated from mom and her house for more than a day.

Here are a few examples of special needs you may want to think about:

Emotional needs

Most psychologists agree that children are best served by their parents when they can spend as much time as possible with both their mother and father. This is true in most circumstances, which is why 50/50 parenting plans -- where children divide their time between the two parents' homes -- have become so popular. However, if the child doesn't do well living in two separate houses, it may be necessary to alter the strategy. In many cases, as the child grows older, the 50/50 model will suit him or her better.

Physical needs

Children who have illnesses or disabilities will have very specific physical needs. In some cases, they will require constant care and attention. It's important that you and your ex-spouse's parenting plan reflects these needs and allows you to continue meeting them without additional strain on your child and your family.

These are just two important areas that parents should consider regarding the special requirements of their unique children. Does your child have special needs that don't fit into a cookie-cutter child custody plan? Regardless of the situation, you need to consider your child's special needs when creating your parenting plan.

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