Divorced? Worried about the kids? It turns out that technology may help…
When a relationship breaks up and there are children involved both parties must take account of what is in the best interests of the children.
The Family Law Act provides compulsory conciliation and mediation, before you can go to court, for any dispute involving the children. There are many things you can agree on including parenting plans and consent orders, which can help you both decide what is in the best interests of the children.
Most importantly, even though your relationship has broken down, the reality is that you will both continue to have a relationship with your children in your role as parents into the future. This applies to heterosexual marriages as well as to same-sex marriages.
All the research suggests that spending love and time with the children as being the best way to raise them, and it also suggests that parents resolving their disputes amicably will aid the kids in the long term.
Did you know that there is technology that can help you in dealing with communicating with each other about the children? A recent Sydney Morning Herald article refers to an app, Divvito, which may assist you.
The idea is to promote effective communication without using derogatory or inflammatory language, and helps you to organise how you deal with the kids, e.g. with children’s sport, school pickups, family events and so on.
Obviously technology cannot replace your parenting skills, but it may be able to help you organise your priorities and develop better communication habits.
If we can help you with any children’s issues or with any family law problem then give us a call on 02 9687 9322.