In this final episode for Season 4, Certified Divorce Coach® Mary Ann Hughes shares her insight and expertise on how to best navigate a divorce when there are special needs kids as part of the family system. Mary Ann shares her own experience with parenting her special needs children while going through her divorce and how she turned that experience into a business to help others. Any listeners who are facing the daunting task of going through a divorce and are worried about their special needs kids will benefit from this episode.

Mary Ann Hughes, proud mom of boys on the autism spectrum who successfully advocated for her sons’ needs during her complex divorce, became a Special Needs Divorce Coach and founded Special Family Transitions in order to help families navigate the overwhelm and complexities of special needs divorce.

Combining her experience and certifications as a Certified Divorce Coach, Certified Divorce Specialist, Life Coach, member of The National Association of Divorce Professionals, graduate of LoneStar LEND Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program, MBA, and years special needs advocacy, Mary Ann is committed to help guide families with loved ones with disabilities through divorce challenges and transitions.

Mary Ann can be reached at and via the links below:

Special Family Transitions website

Special Family Transitions Facebook Page

Special Family Transitions on Instagram 




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Other resources:

LoneStar LEND SLP webinar recording, Self Care and Advice to Help Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities during Divorce, presented by Dr. Karen Jaggers

LoneStar LEND SLP webinar, Strategies to Support Neurodiverse Children during Divorce webinar on 2/16/22, presented by Dr. Michelle Forrester