Parenting is a tough job in the best of circumstances. Shared parenting after a divorce is a whole different ballgame. When I first went through my divorce, dealing with the most basic kid issues felt like preparing for battle with my ex again and again. It was exhausting. Quite frankly, I did not want to contact him every time I received information from the school or one of the kids was invited for a playdate or any other issues that regularly arise.
I first learned about OurFamilyWizard at a conference for divorce financial analysts, and as soon as I started learning about the features and benefits, I was sold. (Please note, while I promote very few services, this post does include affiliate links.) I was further impressed by how widely the courts accept the app.
OurFamilyWizard is an app that is designed specifically for people like you who are co-parenting with their ex. It is designed for parents who care deeply about their children. It is intended for people who don't want their kids to be stuck in the middle of a constant battle. Features include things like a shared parenting calendar, an expense log, and even a directory of information such as phone numbers for doctors, teachers names and contact information, etc.
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If you think that there are lots of apps that can track those things, you are right. However, this one is designed specifically with you in mind. Many courts recommend it, and some even order its use because it is an excellent source for documentation. The company has been able to show that families who use OurFamilyWizard are less likely to return to court as the tool helps parents to resolve their own parenting-related problems.
As parents, we have to continue to communicate well after the divorce is finalized. Shared parenting can be a source of a lot of angst if you are already having difficulty getting along. Even if you are getting along well, OurFamilyWizard creates a transparent structure for communication and information sharing so you can avoid future miscommunication. It limits the need for texting, which can often lead to miscommunication. Additionally, the courts can monitor all of the communication, if necessary. Just knowing that someone is watching contact has a way of improving an individual's behavior in his/her interactions. OurFamilyWizard takes it one step further by having a Tonometer to assist in improving the tone of communications. Let's face it. It's often the "tone" of a message that can escalate an issue.
If you want more information, take a minute to check out their website. You'll be glad you did.