After a divorce, many parents struggle to find common ground when it comes to raising their child. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for co-parents to establish a healthy system of support and discipline for their child. But how can you develop a stable co-parenting relationship and routine if you’re both still smarting from the divorce?
Learning – or relearning – how to communicate with your former spouse is the first step to effective co-parenting. After all, it can be difficult to keep track of appointments, visitation times, expenses, soccer games, trips, school events, etc. Fortunately, advancements in technology have led to the development of helpful co-parenting apps that can ease your post-divorce transition.
Check out these helpful mobile apps:
- Parentship is designed to help co-parents manage the stressors commonly associated with post-divorce child-rearing. One of its most impressive features is a custom calendaring set up that allows you to coordinate events without having to call or text your ex. It also has a digital document system that allows you to share and track important documents. This program is free for the first month, and then costs $39.99 for the rest of the year.
- Parenting Apart was developed by Christina McGhee, a professional divorce coach and parent educator. This app offers parents guidance and advice when it comes to tough co-parenting questions and scenarios. For $1.49, you can have access to excellent reference material that explores your legal rights as a parent, explains how you can discuss your divorce with your children, and even gives helpful hints for common co-parenting roadblocks or pitfalls.
- SharedCare is useful for bringing parents, caretakers, and family members together. This incredible app is useful for keeping track of childcare arrangements, expenses and reimbursement requests, and general news or information regarding your child. The shared calendar helps keep all relevant parties on the same page. Plus, the group news feed ensures that both parents can keep track of important milestones and events. For example, dad can post a picture or video of baby’s first steps so that mom can also enjoy the moment.
- Talking Parents is a unique online communication tool that serves a very specific purpose. It’s designed to record all communications between co-parents in case either ex needs to supply proof of correspondence in court. While the app is free to use, the downloading option costs $4.99 a month.
- FamCal isn’t specifically a co-parenting app so much as a family connection guide. But it can help co-parenting in synchronizing their schedules and staying up-to-date on important tasks or events.
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Contact The Virga Law Firm, P.A. if you’re ready to file divorce or have questions about an existing child custody agreement. Our Panama Beach divorce attorneys have a through understanding of both divorce and family law, and can use this practical knowledge to help you navigate this challenging legal field.