Mediating Individualized Parenting Plans: Shared Legal Custody for Parents of Children with Special Needs

This one-day advanced training is for experienced divorce and custody mediators complies with the Pennsylvania Court Rule 1940.5 continuing education requirement.

When parents divorce everyone in the family is affected. Children facing challenges may be particularly impacted if, for example, they need stability and consistency; they have a multitude of medical appointments and special therapies; they need special diets; and the parents need to coordinate a variety of related services and accommodations. Determining what is "in the best interest" of the child can be particularly complex. This advanced training will focus on what family mediators need to know about special education law and how to develop a co-parenting plan that meets the unique needs of the child. Just a few of the special considerations are: Making educational decisions; health care, special therapies, medication plans; time available to provide special care; transitions between homes; and conflicts between the parents over therapy, intervention, behavioral modification and structure.

ABOUT YOUR TRAINERS

Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.

Ms. Cutrona has been the Executive Director of the Good Shepherd Mediation Program for 25 years. She is a mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, trainer, arbitrator, attorney and adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. 

Liliana Yazno-Bartle, Esq.

Ms. Yazno-Bartle is a senior associate attorney at THE LAW OFFICES OF CARYL ANDREA OBERMAN, LLC. She has been with Ms. Oberman’s firm since 1997, concentrating on legal issues of persons with disabilities and their families, education rights, estate planning, guardianship, testing accommodations and domestic relations. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), Montgomery County Bar Association and is an author and frequent lecturer to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and parent groups in Pennsylvania. Ms. Yazno-Bartle is the President of Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition (PEAC), a non-profit organization designed to promote inclusion practices in Pennsylvania. She is a board member of The Arc Alliance where she serves on the Arc Alliance Advocacy Services Board, is a member of the Chat-n-Chew Parent Training Committee and a member of the DELVAL Guardianship Association at the Arc Alliance. In 2016, Ms. Yazno-Bartle was appointed to chair the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee. Ms. Yazno-Bartle serves as a volunteer attorney of the Wills for Heroes Foundation, a program devoted to providing free wills and other estate planning documents for Pennsylvania’s emergency first responders. In addition to her professional affiliations, Ms. Yazno-Bartle serves as the Secretary of the Central Bucks West Football Parent Club and is a volunteer nursery school teacher at First Baptist Church of Doylestown. Before joining Ms. Oberman’s firm, she was a staff attorney at Legal Aid of Chester County, Inc. in West Chester for over four years where the primary emphasis of her practice concentrated on Domestic Relations, Landlord-Tenant, Public Benefits and Bankruptcy. She received her B.S. with Honors in Economics from Rutgers University, Cook College in 1989 and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she was president and co-founder of the Latin American Law Students Association. Ms. Yazno-Bartle was born in Colombia, South America and is fluent in Spanish.

THIS TRAINING WILL BE HELD AT THE BUCKS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION