After a divorce between parents is finalized, another uphill battle begins: maintaining communication regarding the children for effective co-parenting. 

Some parents naturally want to work with their former spouse to keep the peace for the children.  Other parents had such a contentious divorce that friendly communication is a non-existent option.  In both situations, finding an effective tool that permits the most communication between parties is the best way to ensure productive communication and effective co-parenting.  Some helpful tools for productive communication and effective co-parenting include:

  1. Text messages. Although one of the more convenient ways to communicate, one party may not want to have his or her former spouse sending text messages for any number of reasons.  However, parents who are constantly on-the-go or do not always take the time to check apps may find text messages to be the best form of communication.
  1. Our Family Wizard. This is a paid-for communication tool that allows parents to take advantage of a shared location for the children’s calendars and expenses.  Our Family Wizard can also be downloaded as an app onto any Apple or Android platform.  This tool is one of the most popular and is often recommended by judges in high-conflict custody disputes.
  1. Coparently. This tool operates much like Our Family Wizard in that both parties can track calendars, expenses, and communicate with the other parent.  However, Coparently offers a 30-day free trial that Our Family Wizard does not offer.  After the 30-day free trial is done, the cost of Coparently increases to the same yearly and monthly rate as Our Family Wizard.
  1. Cozi, a free co-parenting calendar program that also includes a journal feature to share memories and milestones.  This app also permits reminders for each child’s to-do list that can be filled with homework assignments or school projects.
  1. Talking Parents. While this is a free program, a small fee is required to maintain records of communication.  Talking Parents is beneficial for parents who went through a highly contested custody dispute and possibly anticipate ending up in front of a judge again.

These tools were all designed to improve the frequency, quality, and convenience of communication between parents.  However, the tool must be beneficial for both parties, and both parties must agree to the use of a single tool.  Once the parents agree on which tool to use and actually use the tool, both parents will be on the path toward effective co-parenting for the benefit of their children. For questions regarding divorce and co-parenting, contact an attorney at our Omaha, Sioux Falls, or Sioux City office today.

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