The issues that face co-parenting relationships are similar whether you were married or not. Never married parents often times face the same, if not more, child custody challenges as co-parents who had been married to one another. Communication, scheduling, and information sharing is difficult in co-parenting relationships even if you get along with the co-parent. The OurFamilyWizard website® is designed to be able to help with these common child custody challenges regardless of what your official marital status may have been.
When first establishing a child custody agreement, never married parents must go through a few extra steps. Many states’ family courts view married parents as being two parts of a whole. They view both parents as having equal rights to guardianship and custody upon divorce. In most cases, never married parents are not given this same treatment. The father of the child cannot be considered for child custody rights without first undergoing a paternity test. Family courts do not assume an unwed father to be the biological father of the child. Once paternity is confirmed, the father can issue a request for child custody and visitation rights. From this point, the court will determine the final child custody and visitation rights.
Once your child custody and visitation rights are established, you may find yourself with even more challenges as a co-parent. If your relationship with your child’s other parent is less that wonderful, maintaining a “business-like” type of communication is essential to keep things moving forward. Communication between co-parents is often one of greatest challenges after splitting up (also causing the most conflict). The OurFamilyWizard website® provides parents with a solution to this common challenge. Using tools like the OurFamilyWizard Calendar can help you to maintain this “business-like” type of communication. This feature allows you to easily coordinate your shared parenting schedule online, eliminating the need for a more direct form of communication, such as a phone call. Other features include the OurFamilyWizard Info Bank and the OurFamilyWizard Message Board. All features included in the website provide you with easy and effective ways to communicate with your co-parent, eliminating many of the child custody challenges between never married parents.
By using the OurFamilyWizard website®, not only will you save plenty of money on legal fees, but you’ll also find that you have more time to dedicate to the important things in life. No more digging through hundreds of emails to find out the last time your child had their tetanus shot or to what time soccer practice was changed. Point, click, and share; co-parenting has never been so easy. Never married parents get the same access to information as a previously married couple, and are able to make use of the same tools. The OurFamilyWizard website® is making child custody challenges a thing of the past for never married parents.