Re-establishing a custody connection.
Sometimes after a divorce or separation, parents can become estranged from their children. In other cases, this relationship was simply unable to flourish because of separation by various reasons such as physical distance. Regardless of the reason for the break in relationship, a tool like the OurFamilyWizard website can help you reestablish a custody connection.
Nowadays, being involved in your child’s life is more than just spending physical time together. Being involved can take many forms in today’s ever more connected world. With the rise of technologies like email, video chat, Skype®, Facebook® and Twitter®, you can interact and stay in touch with your children virtually from great distances.
While the aforementioned tools open new lines of communication, the main problem with these is that they are open technologies and lack privacy. When trying to reestablish a custody connection, having disagreements or even arguments in a public forum can lead to unneeded stress. Moreover, these generic tools can be great for staying on top of some of your child’s happenings, but it is often uncomfortable to be “friends” with your ex, or even your kids, on these social networks. This can lead you to being blocked from certain updates, especially those that are significant to your children, like pictures or updates on what’s going on in their daily lives.
With a private network specifically designed to help separated parents like the OurFamilyWizard website, you can make reestablishing a custody connection much easier. OFW is organized into sections based on what’s important to separated families. With a tool like OurFamilyWizard, you can easily share important custody related information like medical records and immunization histories, clothing sizes, class photos, shared expenses, parenting schedules and more.
Knowing important information - like when your child’s last baseball game was or what shoe size they have now - can make reestablishing a custody connection much easier. Instead of having to repeatedly ask for a lowdown on the schedule of events each day, you will know what’s happening and when jump right into the details, like how many goals your child scored at their game the night before. Your child will be more excited that you remembered that they had a game the night before than having to remind you of it.
NOTE: Many state and federal laws use terms like ‘custody’ when referring to arrangements regarding parenting time and decision-making for a child. While this has been the case for many years, these are not the only terms currently used to refer to these topics.
Today, many family law practitioners and even laws within certain states use terms such as ‘parenting arrangements’ or ‘parenting responsibility,’ among others, when referring to matters surrounding legal and physical child custody. You will find these terms as well as custody used on the OurFamilyWizard website.