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What are coparenting apps?

While most divorced or separated parents have some kind of formal visitation schedule, if the situation is amicable, it's likely that adjustments will need to be as the children get older and begin developing social lives of their own. If the children are involved in clubs at school or other extracurricular activities, it can be a challenge to keep your ex informed on things like dates and times of practices, fundraisers and required attire and equipment. Luckily, advances in technology are making these issues easier to navigate.

Coparenting apps make it easy to communicate with your ex-spouse about any and all matters relating to the children. Many of these apps have information banks where you can upload all of the children's doctors' and care providers' information, and there are also calendar features that make it easy for everyone to see activities the children have coming up and who is responsible for what.

These apps are also especially helpful to those who have difficulty communicating with their ex-partners in a civil manner. Keeping all communication in written form also virtually eliminates confusion and makes it easy for the guardian ad litem, judge or other court personnel to tell what's going on.

While you may be able to get your ex to agree to use one of these apps voluntarily, it often works best as part of a court order. If you have questions about how to implement this technology in your parenting arrangement, a family law attorney can help you understand which options may work best for your situation and how to move forward.

Source: The Huffington Post, "8 Apps That Make Post-Divorce Parenting A Little Easier," accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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