Our Family Wizard
Technology that Really Helps with Co-parenting
Many couples today are deciding on a co-parenting agreement, where each parent maintains shared responsibility for the child’s upbringing. Co-parenting enables parents to have somewhat equal influence in the child’s life. A co-parenting arrangement can be challenging, however, especially when parents live busy time-pressured lives, or just find it difficult to talk with one another.
Clear and consistent communication is key to the ongoing success of co-parenting
Here is where technology can assist. Co-parenting technology can help previous spouses keep lines of communication open and clear. My personal favorite, as a family law attorney who has helped numerous couples negotiate co-parenting agreements, is Our Family Wizard. Our Family Wizard has been Court approved since 2001 and is recommended as a comprehensive solution by courts in all 50 states. It also has a co-parenting mobile app, enabling parents to have all of the information they need, wherever they are.
Our Family Wizard co-parenting technology provides:
A Shared Family Calendar – to help parents track their parenting schedule and appointment details. Parents can even submit requests to each other for changes to parenting time and offer to trade time, swapping a day of parenting time for another.
A Message Board – Our Family Wizard provides a secure way for parents to communicate with each other. Unlike normal texting or email, messages can never be edited, deleted, or retracted.
An Expense Log to manage shared expenses – Parents can maintain notes for themselves and share those notes with the professionals they rely on. They can record observations, reflect on co-parenting, or document last-minute schedule changes.
Information Bank – Our Family Wizard provides a place to store important family information that both parents need to access. It is organized into sections for storing medical histories, insurance information, emergency contacts, school schedules, files, photos, and more.
Co-parenting can be stressful. Keeping communication channels as open and clear as possible will help keep things running more smoothly.
To discuss how to create and maintain a successful a co-parenting agreement with your ex-spouse, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Attorney Christina Sherman is a Marin County CA family law attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist, specializing in divorce, child custody and support, marital contracts and other family law issues.
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