When you divorce but have shared children with your former spouse, the marriage may be officially brought to a close, but the co-parenting relationship remains. Working with your former spouse to manage the schedules and needs of your children can be difficult, to say the least, especially under the strain of a difficult relationship that may still weigh heavily with resentment and negativity. Despite the difficulties, however, the needs of your children remain and that will involve at least some level of coordinating with your ex. Fortunately, there are several apps now in existence that can facilitate the neutral exchange of information between co-parents and alleviate some of the stress and emotion of direct interaction with a former spouse.
Neutral Exchange of Information Through Child Support App
While communication can be essential to a successful co-parenting relationship after divorce, it can be a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Each interaction with your ex may seem like a disaster waiting to happen, a disagreement waiting around every corner. This being said, the need to communicate with them remains. How do you continue to interact with your ex, but keep negativity at a minimum and communications productive? Co-parenting apps can be a bit helpful.
Consider the enforcement of child support orders, for instance. It is common for the custodial parent to be entitled to regular child support payments in order to help cover the expenses associated with raising a kid. On top of these regular child support payments, the divorce agreement itself may dictate that the co-parents must equally split expenses associated with the child, such as child care and other needs. Going back and forth with your ex on each expense, requesting payment of child support, and covering shared expenses associated with the child can be uncomfortable and difficult to manage. Enter the SupportPay app. This app provides co-parents with a neutral platform to upload bills, receipts, invoices, and other documents relating to shared child expenses that need to be paid. The impartial platform allows a parent to communicate what needs to be paid and document it accordingly, minimizing exposure to the anger or discomfort of the co-parent.
Money can be a hot button of contention after a divorce. An app like SupportPay can remove some of that emotion by allowing the co-parents to communicate via the app itself. The impersonal communication platform can remove some of the need for in-person communication, which can be a big benefit during times post-divorce where both co-parents need the space, but still need to communicate.
If the function of the SupportPay app intrigues you, you may also want to consider the use of other co-parenting apps that have been developed to help foster more productive communications between co-parents after divorce. WeParent, for instance, is a co-parenting app that facilitates the managing of appointments and other events relating to the children as well as documenting expenses and child custody schedules. It also has a messaging feature. Cozi is also a popular co-parenting app, although it was not created specifically for co-parents to use. It has an easy, minimalist design that allows for shared calendars and to-do lists. The app also allows users to share recipes and photos.
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