According to one working Maryland mom, life after a divorce can present new challenges. This particular mom found co-parenting to be difficult, especially because she and her former spouse do not have a good relationship. Learning how to co-parent after a divorce can take time, but it appears there may be ways to make the process a little bit easier.
Courts are looking to technology for help. One Maryland judge now requires couples to use online technology to help settle matters between parents. The online software allows parents to record vaccinations, plan visitation and sort through money matters.
One judge feels that online software "takes the mystery out of the process." Divorced parents may go to court pointing fingers at one another without any proof as to who actually said what. Online software can be used to avoid this.
Like anything, however, each parent has to be willing to cooperate. This online tool may lessen the tension between divorced parents. However, communication may be less successful. In person discussions may be necessary for some.
Online software is becoming an increasingly popular tool to keep families out of a courtroom. In fact, 44 states and the District of Columbia require parents to use some form of online help.
Although these online tools can be helpful, it may still be beneficial for parents to work with an attorney as they settle child custody and child support matters. In addition, an attorney can work with a parent as things come up even after a divorce has been settled.
Source: NBC4 Washington, "Divorced Couples Forced to Co-Parent Online," Angie Goff, Feb. 29, 2012