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Why do parents who share custody use special texting apps?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2021 | Child Custody |

You were married for years. You share children, and even though you’re divorcing, you both want what’s best for the kids. The idea that you need to download a special app on your phone just to communicate with your ex may seem silly.

However, there are good reasons why many co-parents eventually turn to these apps. Rather than waiting for something unfortunate to necessitate the use of such a communication system, choosing one from your earliest days as divorcing parents sharing custody could do a lot to make your new situation easier for the whole family.

Specialized apps reduce the risk of miscommunication

Direct communication with your ex might lead to emotional and unpleasant conversations. A few texts about the schedule for your children might devolve into a conversation about post-divorce dating or a rehash of old complaints. You might become emotional, leading to anger and miscommunication.

By serving as a tool aimed at solving parenting issues only, a parenting communication app helps limit what conversations you have with your ex while simultaneously protecting you against more common forms of text-based miscommunication. 

Apps maintain a neutral and reliable record of communications

If you need to switch one parenting time session for a different day, or need your ex to take some additional parenting time because of an upcoming business trip, sending a request through a parenting app will ensure that you have written documentation that they promised to take the kids while you are on your trip.

Verbal agreements can lead to a he-said, she-said situation when plans fall through. Using a specialized app helps ensure that there is a clear record of communication so that one parent can’t lie and then try to manipulate the situation to their own benefit.

Apps help develop a new and better dynamic

It can be hard to adjust to a new style of relationship with someone with whom you were once very intimate. Parenting apps make the transition to a new form of relationship a little bit easier for everyone involved. They can help you develop a new sense of respect for one another as parents and lead you in healthy and positive communication as you start this new chapter in your family’s lives.

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