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Are there any apps that can help me coparent?

A divorce is an adversarial process by its very definition, and it can be even more difficult to communicate civilly with your ex as it was during your marriage. One thing that has helped couples in the past is to ensure that all communication is in writing. This makes the documentation process easier and completely eliminates any miscommunications or he-said-she-said issues.

With the advent of smartphones and an app for everything, developers have been able to take written communication for divorced or divorcing couples to the next level. Couples today now have several apps to choose from that can help them navigate touchy coparenting issues such as sharing information and working out scheduling conflicts.

Apps like 2Houses and Our Family Wizard are designed to give couples an avenue to share information and collaborate with regard to the children without the situations devolving into personal attacks and angry outbursts. The apps are accessible from computers as well as tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices, making it easy to update an event or send a quick message. Many of these apps also have the added benefit of being able to be monitored by a guardian ad litem if necessary.

Communicating through the app may seem strange at first, but this technology can be of great benefit to parents in the midst of a contentious divorce. It's also common for squabbles over property division in high-asset divorces to quickly spill over into the coparenting and custody issues. Having communicating through the app put into a court order as soon as possible can help prevent communication issues from beginning.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Help: 5 Apps To Make Your Split Less Stressful," Kelsey Borresen, accessed Sep. 24, 2015

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