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Child custody: Electronic devices may make co-parenting easier

Your divorce is finally over, and you are ready to settle you and your kids into a reliable routine. Armed with your court-approved parenting plan, you expect few, if any, issues to arise between you and your co-parent.

Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans rarely proceed as expected. From unforeseen delays during custody exchanges to making plans for holidays, you may find yourself having to deal with your ex more than you would like after divorce.

Your device, and the right app, can help

Family law courts in Hawaii will not punish parents when matters arise that occasionally lead to schedule alterations. However, constantly having to communicate verbally with an ex about these issues can be hard on parents. With the right app, you may minimize (or improve) parent-to-parent communications while adhering to your parenting plan. Here are some to consider:

  • Our Family Wizard: The apps provided by this company offer shared calendars, access to critical information and even a shareable expense log.
  • Coparently: Top features with this app include color-coded calendars, printable expense records and a secure messaging center for parents.
  • 2houses: Parents can easily exchange vital information about their kids. As a bonus, the app offers co-parents the option to have their communications mediated to reduce conflict.
  • Google Calendar: While Google calendar does not specifically address co-parenting, it can help when creating or modifying schedules. It is an excellent choice for those who want a free option.

An app probably cannot solve all your child custody issues, but it may reduce conflict when communicating with your ex. It is also crucial to understand child custody laws in Hawaii to ensure that you avoid violating your custody order.