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Apps are a part of our everyday life. They make our life easier and less stressful. We use them to communicate with friends and family through social networks. We use them to listen to music, watch videos, and live TV. Now, we can use them for one of our most important jobs – sharing the duties of raising a child with another adult.
Co-parenting apps make it possible to share parenting responsibilities and information in a secure, neutral environment. Many family courts and professionals recommend using a co-parenting communication app or service for families to mediate their conversations and create accountability for both parents. While there are many tools available for separated and divorced parents, it’s important to understand the value of these services.
Benefits of a Co-Parenting App
Get the Message
Communicating through texts, emails, or social media can create problems. What if a parent isn’t keeping up with their messages across multiple platforms? What if a message about a critical date gets buried underneath a pile of other messages? What if one parent swears the message never came through? A co-parenting app prevents these types of communication issues from occurring. Through one platform, you have secure messaging across all devices. Any time a parent posts a new message, the other parent is notified.
Keeping all messages in one place allows parents to stay organized and avoid jumping around multiple platforms.
Another essential feature of a co-parenting app is a shared calendar you use to note important dates and events. These events can include doctor’s appointments, sports practices, pick-up and drop-off times, and much more. A synced, shared calendar makes it much easier to record and keep track of your child’s schedule.
A shared calendar is also used to track parenting time, schedule parenting time, and more.
Keep Track of Important Documents
Every parent can benefit from a file and image sharing feature offered on co-parenting apps. This feature is usually a central database for storing relevant information that both parents need to access, such as medical records, report cards, important phone numbers, notes from teachers, and much more. The files are hosted on a secure server, so even if one parent has a hardware or software issue, the information is not lost.
Save Time and Money
A co-parenting communication service can save you and your co-parent from hours of additional court time or lawyer fees by keeping everything you say in an easy to access place. Not only will this encourage you to look back on previous conversations to settle discussions, but if you do have to go back to mediation or court, a professional can look back at your full communication record. Getting a record is simple, will save in evidence and research time, and you can be certain that nothing has been left out or deleted.
Keep it Accountable
Most importantly, co-parenting apps provide a record of all communications between parents. Taking it a step further, TalkingParents offers timestamped and unalterable messages, so there is no confusion about who sent a message, when it was sent, or what content the message contains. Time and date stamps are even recorded when a parent views or edits an event on the calendar. A co-parenting app can help avoid disputes between parents and keep both parties accountable.
Co-parenting is not always an easy process, but a co-parenting app can make communication easier, allowing parents to focus on what really matters: the well-being of their children.
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TalkingParents blogs are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney regarding legal matters.