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Can technology improve the co-parenting relationship?

Modern-day technology has created innovation beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Some see the internet, social media and the smartphones that house the apps making life more intrusive. Others see it as making life better, if not a little more convenient. The chance to stay in touch with friends and family through multiple forms of communication has never been easier.

Co-parenting in the age of texting and Twitter is as challenging as a time well before the introduction of dial-up America Online and suitcase-sized cell phones. However, it does afford divorced parents opportunities to not only stay in touch with their children, but also provide much-needed stability.

Nothing makes a child feel more disconnected than a household divided in two. Two parents are in two separate homes with two routines and two sets of rules. Mothers and fathers who feel that frustration may have an unlikely ally in technology to bridge the gap.

Taking an active role in strengthening the post-divorce relationship with not only children, but also the co-parent can include:

  • Lining up expectations between homes can be as easy as creating an online list of chores and responsibilities. Providing the other parent access can help maintain consistency between both homes while keeping open lines of communication.
  • Creating a shared calendar online can allow co-parents to stay up to date on the latest developments in their children’s lives and ensure important events are not missed.
  • Scheduling a time to communicate with the other parent, even if that involves a text every morning and one before bedtime.
  • Co-parents also using text messages to inform the other of good choices that the child has made. Mom and dad may apart, but they can join together to provide positive reinforcement.
  • Avoiding the use of social media as a platform to criticize the co-parent. Posts that create drama do nothing to develop healthy relationships with children. Broadcasting petty disputes could “trend” straight to their Facebook or Twitter feed.

A marriage’s end creates an emotional coaster for children. In the end, any form of consistent post-divorce communication can help to ensure the emotional security of children. For parents, choosing to be allies instead of adversaries, online and in real life, is a good start.

For help with custody matters during or following the divorce process, contact VanAntwerp Attorneys, LLP, at 606-618-0698.

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