Several of our posts have discussed social media in relation to family law issues. A common warning is “be careful what you post” while going through a divorce. However, if you live in our current society, you know that technology can be extremely helpful as well. In the implementation of child custody agreements, this is certainly true.
Whether you and your ex are a couple that gets along or one that can’t seem to be in a room together for more than five minutes without arguing, the idea behind a divorce is to end a relationship. Although the marriage is over in the eyes of California law, when children are involved the parents most often have to remain in one another’s lives, albeit with a very different relationship.
Sometimes schedules get confusing and it isn’t always easy to meet face-to-face to let one another know. In this era of busy schedules it is even difficult to get someone on the phone. In joint custody situations, parents can start up a shared calendar. In one quick Internet update a parent can check when an exchange is supposed to occur, when a parent-teacher conference takes place or even the entire soccer season with a note that says “mom driving, dad picking up.”
Shared calendars are a big way to make joint custody go a little smoother, but they aren’t the only way. Even small things such as being able to send an email with important information that can be accessed at any time, from anywhere and saved for as long as the recipient needs are made easier with technology. An added bonus is the impersonal nature of a text or email can even limit emotional exchanges.