Technology Improves Co-Parenting Relationships
Co-parenting can be frustrating and stressful when you and your ex-spouse have differences in opinion when it comes to raising your children or when you can’t work past the arguments from your marriage. Sometimes, outside help—through tools, friendly advice, or even technology—is the answer. With finger-tip accessibility to schedules, communication, medical records, and school calendars, it is easier than ever to avoid miscommunication and share custody effectively.
Keeping the focus on creating a stable, loving environment for the children can be made easier when parents are willing to work together and utilize the tools and resources they have access to for help. Whether seeking legal advice from our team of attorneys or reading books written by those who paved the way before them, parents can learn what worked for others and glean knowledge from the blunders of the past.
Potential resources for co-parenting include:
- Your local library, bookstore, or Amazon: Borrow or purchase books about co-parenting, sharing custody, visitation schedules, or vacation ideas for divorced families. Reading can help you to prepare for the future or find better ways to do what you are already doing.
- YouTube or Online-Television: There are plenty of resources for videos, documentaries, sitcoms, and educational videos with a co-parenting focus. You can watch other’s journey first hand and as it happens or see how your favorite actors and actresses portray common co-parenting issues.
- Legal counsel: If you have questions about creating a schedule, medical care concerns, who oversees making decisions, or any other child custody concern, we are here to help. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to help clients work through all aspects of their child custody agreement, so all questions are answered.
- Therapist and group counseling: Check with your local community resources for group classes or group therapy for newly divorce parents or speak with your doctor about possible insurance-covered counseling. Parenting classes are typically offered by local planned parenthood or OBGYN resources.
Once you have explored the options available for learning and cultivating a stable and healthy co-parenting relationship, you can also consider tools that are available for your smart phone.
There are several apps that make communication finger-tip easy, including:
- Life360: This app provides supervision and safety for new drivers, or to track when your ex-spouse is getting close through a virtual map. Drivers are pinpointed on the map, allowing parents to view where their child is at a given moment.
- Coparently: Schedule on a joint calendar, track shared expenses, share medical records, and find contact information for the school, doctor, coaches for ports teams, or babysitter with this app.
- TakingParents: If you and your ex have trouble communicating or you need to have an unaltered record of all communication, Talking Parents is perfect for you. Share a calendar, files and documents, have access to unaltered communication records with date and time stamps with this program.
Child Custody Mediation: Our Team Can Help
If you are facing a divorce or need to create a legal child custody agreement, our attorneys can help with legal advice or representation. We have the experience and compassion required in this transitional time in your family’s life. Trust us to help you with your legal needs so you can focus on your new family structure and be there for your kids.