4 Ways Co-Parenting Apps Make Life Easier
Raising a child in 2019 is never a simple task. Many children are involved in multiple extracurricular activities, such as music lessons, athletic teams, or supplemental tutoring, not to mention play dates and birthday parties. Keeping children’s schedules straight isn’t easy under the best of circumstances, but it can get even more complicated when parents are divorced and living apart. If you’re newly divorced, you should know about new smartphone apps that could make life as a custody-sharing parent easier. Read on to learn how apps could save you from conflict and confusion as a divorced co-parent, subsequently making your life easier.
- Apps that can save you from starting a fight: In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to fire off a text or email to your co-parent that includes combative, aggressive language. It’s easy to see how a disagreement that might have quickly blown over could become an all-out battle with lasting repercussions. One app can help you take a deep breath and refrain from sending a regrettable text to your ex. The coParenter app offers in-app messaging that can scan your messages for pejorative terms, curse words, or other language that is likely to start a fight. The app will flag these words and ask if you want to override the warning and send the message anyhow, offering you a chance to take a moment and reconsider.
- They Can Track Child-Related Expenses: If you and your spouse share certain expenses related to raising your child, you might need to track these expenses carefully to ensure you receive reimbursement when you’ve earned it. The Our Family Wizard app allows you to track your expenses for costs that you split between yourself and your co-parent, offering you an easy way to create a reliable record of your spending.
- The Give An Overview Of Your Schedule: There are a number of apps that provide ways to share a calendar, so that neither parent is left in the dark about important appointments or events in their child’s life or changes to the custody-sharing schedule. 2houses and Our Family Wizard allow parents to share a calendar, ensuring both parents can see their children’s schedules.
- They Have On-Call Mediation Services: Many divorced parents encounter serious conflicts that they can’t resolve on their own, but which don’t rise to a level of warranting involvement by family court judges. As you might’ve guessed: there’s an app for that. The coParenter app has professional mediators standing by who can provide non-legal dispute resolution when conflicts arise between yourself and your co-parent.
If you’re considering divorce in Illinois or need help retaining custody of your child, contact the compassionate, professional, and experienced Carol Stream family law attorneys at Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt for a consultation on your case at 630-665-9600.