Handling the responsibilities of joint or shared child custody

Shared custody made simple

Joint or shared custody—when two parents share the responsibilities of raising their children from separate households—comes with a unique set of challenges. 

No parenting arrangement is going to look exactly alike. Children's ages, the distance between parents, and a multitude of other special circumstances can all affect how a parenting plan is developed. No matter the circumstances, however, the most important thing to consider when creating a custody arrangement is the best interests of children. 

Making joint decisions across separate households will require careful and cooperative communication from both parents. But that can be difficult if conflict between co-parents isn't properly managed. 

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Protect your children from conflict by keeping it out of your communication

Miscommunication is a continual source of conflict for co-parents. Whether your shared custody plan is simple or elaborate, you and your co-parent will need an organized system for sharing your children's information to reduce conflict and minimize opportunities for miscommunication.

OurFamilyWizard offers a platform with a robust suite of tools to help co-parents share important details, all while maintaining crystal-clear records. By keeping your co-parenting communication in one central location, you'll be simplifying the task of maintaining organized records.

OurFamilyWizard can help you manage your shared or joint custody.OurFamilyWizard is built to keep your information secure. Along with firewalls and high-level SSL certificates, your accounts are protected with a username and password. Unlike text messages that flash on your phone's screen or calls that can be overheard, communication on OurFamilyWizard with your co-parent is kept private and separate from the other communication methods you use. Shield your kids from any tense co-parenting discussions and keep them from being put in the middle or from being used as messengers. 

Stay on the same page

By communicating through OurFamilyWizard's toolset, you'll have reliable access to concrete records that cannot be manipulated by either parent. Eliminate the ambiguity that can plague communication via text, email, and other traditional methods. False claims about information not being shared or details being omitted are quickly disproven using OurFamilyWizard's thorough chronicling of all entries. 

Family law professionals across the United States and Canada trust OurFamilyWizard with their clients' communication. Courts in all 50 states and six Canadian provinces are even ordering the use of OurFamilyWizard to ease communication in high-conflict cases. Try OurFamilyWizard and see how it can transform your co-parenting communication today. 

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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.