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Transparency with Diana B.: The Reality of Divorce With a Special Needs Child

Michelle Smith has helped hundreds of women through the financial mess of divorce, but she struggled through it herself—with a child with special needs no less.

 

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As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and, perhaps, the preeminent divorce advisor in the industry, Michelle Smith has helped hundreds of women through the financial maze of divorce. But she’s even more qualified to advise on divorce because she’s gone through it herself—and with a child with special needs no less.

In this episode, Diana Britton, managing editor of WealthManagement.com, is joined by Smith, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and CEO of Source Financial Advisors, an RIA in New York City. Michelle discusses her own experience with divorce, co-parenting a special needs child, learning to ask for help and more. 

Smith received her son’s Down syndrome diagnosis three minutes after he was born. Although she didn’t feel equipped to parent a child with special needs, she instantly flipped into “I’ve got this” mode. But she was petrified when she saw her husband shut down. In that moment, she knew in her gut that her marriage was over.

Photo provided by Michelle SmithMichelle Smith and her son, Dylan

Michelle Smith and her son, Dylan

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How the birth of her son sparked a realization about her marriage
  • Why it was important for her to take a step back during the divorce process
  • About her experience co-parenting a special needs child
  • How she ultimately learned to ask for help from her friends and family
  • Why Michelle and her friends decided to start their own school in New York City
  • Her advice for people going through divorce: how to mediate safely and why you should reconsider litigating 
  • How COVID-19 could impact divorces
  • And more

Photo by Radiant Soul PhotographyMichelle Smith and her son, Dylan, graduating

Michelle Smith and Dylan after his graduation.

Listen now to hear Michelle’s experience going through the divorce process and parenting her special needs son. 

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Transparency with Diana B. podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found. 

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