Technology and Co-Parenting: An Asset or a Detriment?

family law attorneysPreviously, we’ve looked at ways in which you can use technology to bridge the gap between you and your children, especially after a divorce. Today, we’re continuing this topic from a slightly different perspective.

As many recent studies have highlighted, technology can be beneficial in helping further co-parenting efforts. On the other side of the coin, technology can also be used to limit or block communication from one or both sides, making it detrimental to the co-parenting efforts.

Leveraging Technology for Improved Communication

When used correctly, technology is a great way to improve communication between all family members, especially when parents are estranged or there is animosity between them. Texts, calls, and communications via social media all help parents plan and organize things such as scheduled pick up times and planned outings without the need for direct or uncomfortable interactions. This is especially useful when parents are cooperative and willing to work with one another, even if not face-to-face.

Likewise, when parents live far from their children, they often rely on video calls, social media interactions, multiplayer online games, and other ways to interact with their kids, no matter where they are. These tools are effective at helping kids maintain those vital relationships with each parent. 

Ways in Which Technology Could Hinder Communication

On the other hand, technology is often wielded as a weapon to keep the other parent away when things are colder or more hostile. People can use technology to manipulate conversations or bait certain reactions via social media and other channels. In addition, technology also allows people to more easily ignore communications, pretend they didn’t get the message, etc. 

In these instances, it is critical that both parents work on improving their communication methods. Otherwise, as research has demonstrated, any co-parenting efforts are destined to fail or be shaky at best.

Speak with a Qualified Family Law Attorney

We hope this post provided you with some pointers on how you can best implement technology to make things better for yourself and your loved ones. Remember that this is a very general overview of how technology can help or hurt your co-parenting efforts. For more information on this topic, and to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled family law attorney, know that you can reach out office directly at (949) 825-5245.

Trust the experienced team of legal professionals on R & S Law Group, LLP with any matter involving family law in CA.