Technology for divorced parents

Technology for divorced parents

When a couple separates there are a lot of adjustments to be made. If they have children, it is essential that they learn how to communicate effectively and manage their schedules as co-parents. This can be very difficult, especially if the divorce process has been long and painful.

There are several pieces of technology that can ease the burden of communicating with someone that you may not be getting along with. There are a number of apps out there that are aimed at helping separated parents communicate effectively.

Our Family Wizard is a very popular tool that has a calendar, message board, expense log and journal to help facilitate communication between co-parents. There is also an add-on available called ToneMeter, which will identify emotionally charged phrases and help moderate the tone of the communication, helping to avoid potential conflict.

Online calendars like Google Calendar can also help manage the scheduling of family activities and help ensure that miscommunication is kept to a minimum. Scheduling is the last thing that needs to cause conflict in what might already be a tense situation.

Video calls like Facetime, Skype and WhatsApp can help parents keep in contact with their kids when they are separated from them. Having that face-to-face communication can help children feel connected with both parents even if they don’t always live under the same roof.

There is no way around it, figuring out how to make life work post-divorce can be tricky. Using the tools like the ones listed above can help mitigate conflict and make sure both parents are focused on enjoying the time they have with their children to the fullest.

About Kathleen Wright

Kate is a member the family law, litigation and wills and estates service groups at Mann Lawyers. Her experience in family law includes advising clients on property division, support issues, custody and access matters, domestic contracts and private adoptions.  She assists clients with preparing wills, estate planning and administration matters, and disputes over estates, including issues related to capacity, undue influence and dependent’s relief.