Digital tools to ease co-parenting tension

On Behalf of | May 6, 2020 | Family Law |

Perhaps, your ex-spouse spends too much money on your kids, and in turn they expect more from you. Or maybe your ex is constantly requesting last-minute scheduling changes that diverge from your parenting plan. Whatever the case may be, you and your shared children deserve consistency.

Your different parenting and scheduling styles may have always been sources of heated debate between you and your ex-spouse, but maybe it’s a newfound problem. Either way there are digital apps and tools you can use to mitigate disagreements, including:

  • Divorce parent support group: You could be the first in your friend group to go through a divorce or maybe you feel shame about still having disagreements with your ex. First of all, what you are going through is normal. Secondly, it’s never too late to have new friends or support systems. You can try downloading the Meetup app to link up with other divorcees who you can confide in.
  • Co-parent mediation: When you have conflict with your ex, seeking outside support won’t hurt your situation, but you might need to also consider facing your problems head-on. You have the option to do this in-person, but finding time and a neutral space can cause difficulty. Thankfully, in this day in age there is practically an app for everything. So, you and your ex can download coParenter, which uses both artificial intelligence and a network of human mediators to help encourage polite interactions or step in when a situation escalates.
  • Digital documentation: It’s important to keep track of all the times your ex disobeyed your divorce agreement or the times you tried to mend co-parenting tiffs both small and large. The goal is to keep court intervention to a minimum, but if it proves to be necessary, then it pays to have a paper trail of any violations. You can do this by keeping relevant digital communications, like email or text conversations, with your ex filed and labeled for future reference.

When we are all so tethered to technology, it makes sense to use your smartphone to keep your family organized through any major life changes.