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Could a “co-parenting app” help in your child custody situation?

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Child Custody |

Working through a child custody arrangement can be tricky even for those parents who are on the best of terms. In some situations, co-parenting occurs after a divorce. In other situations, the parents were never married to begin with.

Either way, there are so many different factors that can come into play with family and financial dynamics that, oftentimes, abiding by the custody and visitation orders can try even the calmest person’s nerves.

However, there may be options out there that can help parents remain civil and help them communicate in a productive way when it comes to child custody arrangements. In fact, a recent news article noted that the use of co-parenting “apps” may start to become a regular part of child custody arrangements in family law courts in Virginia.

Can an “app” help?

The recent article pointed out that some courts in Virginia are finding that the use of co-parenting apps can both prevent negative interactions between parents and promote the use of “best behavior” in communications. This occurs for a number of reasons.

For example, communication between the parents through the app cannot be deleted – which means if trouble arises it would be quite easy to see where, when and how communication between the parents went astray. The apps also facilitate payments between the parents and the sharing of important documents, like medical records, for example.

Of course, each family law situation is different, based on the parties and facts involved. An app may help some families in Virginia when it comes to child custody arrangements, but it might not be right in all situations.


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