Should I Be Using A Parenting App?

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Are you constantly texting your soon-to-be-ex about the children in all caps and adding things that don’t need to be there, like, how you’ve always hated his mother? And how you just can’t stand his personality? Well, I’m Marie Drake of The Drake Law Firm, and today we’re going to talk to you about why you should be using a parenting app and why you should stop texting your-soon-to-be-ex. Co-parenting after a divorce or during a divorce can be contentious and complicated. And what adds fuel to the fire a lot of the time, at least from what we’ve seen here at The Drake Law Firm, is parties texting each other and ranting in the texts. Almost no good can come of that. And what we found is that parents tend to behave with one another if they are talking about the children through an app that they know can be used in court. The first app that we generally recommend the parties agree to, and there are a number of apps out there, of course, is Talking Parents.

Now Talking Parents is an app that costs $10 a month and it can help parents coordinate schedules. The messages back and forth cannot be deleted. They can’t be edited. This is a good thing because it tends to keep people behaving with one another. And keeping the focus on the children. I always encourage people to do that. And sometimes when people don’t have an app, the texting just spins out of control and it doesn’t have anything to do with the children and it’s not helpful. Another app that we recommend that’s great for co-parenting, and that’s during or after a divorce, is Our Family Wizard. Now Our Family Wizard is $99 a year. It can be used on an Android or an iPhone. And one of the things I really like about it is that you do a shared calendar on it. You can also figure out expenses, just in case, I don’t know, Suzy’s in club soccer for $30,000 a year plus travel expenses. We do sometimes get those kinds of problems. But I really like this app because it is so comprehensive. And you can check it out by going on a website and looking to see if it’s appropriate for your co-parenting needs. A third app that’s I think pretty good is called We Parent, and last time I looked, it was $10 a month or $99 dollars a year and it had a lot of features that I like. For example, shared contacts and shared schedules and to do lists. So, a couple of features that maybe some of the others don’t. And I think that it really takes a lot of stress out of co-parenting as many of these apps do. And we recommend that one too. In this day and age where we can have an app for almost anything on our phones, consider having an app that’s going to make co-parenting less stressful.

We always recommend that for our clients. And if you have any questions at all, about co-parenting and lessening the conflict, give us a call here at The Drake Law Firm. We’re standing by and we’re happy to help.

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