Author's Note: I wish to thank Barbara Jo Fidler, Jan Schloss, Karen Rodman, Brenda Wall, Judy Singer, and Maxine Aston for encouragement with my work in this area and for insights into some of the complexities that familial autism presents to professionals.
AUTISM IN CHILDREN AND PARENTS:
Unique Considerations for Family Court Professionals
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2005
Family Court Review
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 582–595, October 2005
How to Cite
Jennings, S. (2005), AUTISM IN CHILDREN AND PARENTS:. Family Court Review, 43: 582–595. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-1617.2005.00057.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2005
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2005
- Asperger's Syndrome;
- autistic spectrum disorders;
- parents with autism;
- parenting plans for autistic family members
Family court professionals are increasingly involved with divorces between parents of autistic children where the parents themselves may also have either diagnosed or undiagnosed autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Yet, there have been no published guidelines for the court professionals who are managing these cases (National Autistic Society, 1991; Singer, 2003). The goal of this article is to familiarize divorce professionals with the growing phenomenon of autism and to delineate specific recommendations for the management of these cases in the family law context.