Whether you are pre-divorce or post-divorce, co-parenting with someone you no longer want in your life can be rough.
Embracing modern technology may just make everything a little bit easier. More and more divorced parents are relying on co-parenting apps and online platforms to help them through the process.
Why are co-parenting apps so useful?
First, every parent knows that life with the kids can get hectic. It’s hard to keep track of everything you need to do when everyone lives in the same household. When you’re divided up over two households, things can get downright chaotic.
Parenting apps make it easier for both you and your spouse to stay on the same page about pick-ups, drop-offs, school events and other issues. If your children are old enough (pre-teen and above) they may also use some of these apps to make sure that they stay informed about what’s happening from day-to-day.
Second, parenting apps help provide a record of your engagement and interactions with your co-parent when things are not going well. If your ex-spouse is chronically late for visitation (or skips out), your parenting app may provide useful documentation that can be used in court during custody negotiations.
Finally, parenting apps can put some distance between co-parents who are constantly at war with each other. If your spouse knows that whatever they write in the app could come back to haunt them in court, they may think twice about hurling some abusive language your way.
It’s no wonder, then, that apps like OurFamilyWizard, FamCal, Custody Connection and Coparently have become so prominent. If you haven’t given one or more of these apps a try, it may be time to see what they can do.