Manage Your Shared Child Custody Arrangement
Online Tools Can Help You Manage Your Shared Child Custody Arrangement.
Communication issues frequently plague co-parenting relationships. Instead of relying on traditional methods of communication, OurFamilyWizard enables co-parents in high-conflict relationships to ease the strain that's often felt when sharing information via text, email, or phone calls. Using specialized tools developed for co-parenting, parents will finally be able to communicate simply and effectively.
Containing your communication to a central location does more than reducing conflict. It can also shield children from being put in the middle of adult discussions or being used as messengers. Make sure your children are never used to relay important updates between parents. By using OurFamilyWizard, you can be fully confident that you and your co-parent have access to the same, up-to-date information about your parenting schedule, expenses, and more.
Shared parenting time is the facet of joint custody with the steepest learning curve. The demands of scheduling parenting time, events, and appointments between separate households can quickly overwhelm common calendar systems. To help overcome these challenges, OurFamilyWizard provides parents with a specialized, co-parenting calendar that's outfitted with specific and powerful tools.
- OFW Parenting Schedules: Parents can enter their custody schedule into the shared calendar easily using the parenting schedule tool. Schedules are quick to set up whether they repeat regularly, irregularly, or not at all. Parents are able to extend their parenting schedules as far into the future as they wish, eliminating the need to enter identical schedule details week after week.
- Color-coded for your convenience: Every aspect of the OFW family calendar is color-coded so parents can understand their schedule at a glance. Pick-up and drop-off times, parenting time, holidays, and events will display in the color of the responsible parent.
- Handle schedule change requests with ease: Another unique aspect of the OurFamilyWizard calendar is our Trade/Swap feature, a tool that allows for parents to clearly request and document isolated parenting schedule changes. Approved requests automatically update the parenting schedule to reflect the change while leaving the rest of the schedule intact. If the recipient of the request doesn't agree with the change, they have the option of refusing the change or suggesting an alternative. Records of all requests are kept securely on the calendar, documenting the details of the request, when it was submitted, and when it was responded to by the other parent.
- Reduce your holiday scheduling stress: Holidays can quickly become stressful if co-parents don't have a clear way to document how they're scheduled. OurFamilyWizard allows parents to easily input holiday schedule details that differ from regularly scheduled parenting time without having to rework the parenting schedule itself. Parents can use pre-set holiday dates that come default or create custom holiday schedules. Custom holidays are a great way to document birthdays, vacations, and holiday weekends that deviate from normally scheduled parenting time.
Co-parents can handle a multitude of scheduling needs using the OurFamilyWizard calendar features. Like with any of the tools on OurFamilyWizard, parents will have comprehensive and concrete records of all entries and updates, ensuring they always have access to the complete picture.
Many sites sell parents on the ability to calculate parenting time down to the hundredth of a percentage. This may be helpful for fighting over child support, but it is guaranteed to fuel even further conflict between parents. Quality of parenting time is more important than quantity or receiving child support for every second you were with your kids. If there are material and significant parenting time deficits, they will be easily identified using the OurFamilyWizard calendar. Services that calculate parenting time down to seconds shift parent focus away from children and diminish them to just another asset.
To ensure the veracity of calendar entries, OurFamilyWizard does not allow parents to backdate or edit historical entries. However, parents can use the journal feature on the OFW calendar to make notes about past events or dates, either to share with their co-parent or to keep private for their own records. Journal entries can be used to chronicle a wide variety of information.
From something as simple as a child's eating habits to as serious as unauthorized deviations from parenting schedules, the OurFamilyWizard journal can accommodate whatever information parents need to track.
Safety and security are of the highest priority when it comes to communication regarding children. Unlike with regular email messages, the reply chains of messages sent through OurFamilyWizard can never be edited, eliminating unproductive arguments over what was actually said.
Our tools are specifically designed to increase accountability between parents. To that end, messages sent through OFW are marked with First-View timestamps. Once parents view a message, the history updates to show when it was opened. Parents cannot manipulate or prevent first-view timestamps from being recorded.
The OFW Info Bank creates a shared, neutral location for you to store your family's vital information. Instead of info being spread across multiple emails, notes, or online accounts, your family's most important details will be secure in a single, central location.
All information entered into the Info Bank can either be shared between co-parents or kept private for one parent's records. Share medical insurance details, school contact details, files, photos, and more.
Calculating shared expenses can quickly become complicated. With the OurFamilyWizard Expense Log, parents can create as many custom expense categories they require in order to automatically calculate each parent's share of an expense. No matter how expenses are split between co-parents, the OFW Expense Log will produce clear and accurate reports.
Expense histories track when entries were created, updated, or acted upon by either parent.
The OFWpay system also allows parents to make payments securely through OurFamilyWizard. Updates are created automatically when payments are processed, giving parents equal access to records showing when money exchanges hands.
Keep Everyone In The Loop
For many families, keeping grandparents, children, and other extended family members informed of scheduling details will be incredibly important. With child and third-party accounts, parents are able to grant limited access to their information. Family members and children are able to view the calendar and send messages, but will not have access to either the Info Bank or Expense Log tabs.
In addition to granting limited access to extended family members and children, parents can also use OurFamilyWizard to keep their legal and mental health professionals in the loop. For families working with legal providers or court-appointed specialists, the free OFW Professional Account gives them the access they need to work with clients. This tool is extremely helpful for Guardian ad Litems, Parent Coordinators or other court-appointed professionals seeking context for the family's communication.
Parents can access OurFamilyWizard with 1-year or 2-year subscription options, starting at $99.00 per parent. Costing less than $10 per month, investing in OurFamilyWizard to ease co-parenting communication is a guilt-free choice.
OurFamilyWizard also has a 30-day money back guarantee. If any parent is not satisfied with their experience within the first thirty days of their subscription for any reason, they can request a full refund.
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.