Joint Custody in Electronic Form: The Role of Technology in Divorce
It is not uncommon for parties going through a divorce to have a less than amicable relationship going forward. Even with the best of intentions in mind, the emotions that run through the entire process can take a toll on all of the parties involved. In an age where technology is playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives, separated and divorced couples, and even the courts, are using this trend to their advantage. This can be especially beneficial if there are children involved. Parents are using technology to hammer out schedules, determine who gets to pick up the children and when, make last minute changes in parenting time schedules, and more.
Former spouses who communicate via text and email can avoid having long, drawn out, and emotional encounters that may otherwise occur in the presence of their children. Additionally, by communicating electronically, the parties can discuss any requested changes that may be necessary from time to time if something comes up last minute.
Most courts have taken notice of the increased role technology plays in our lives. In some cases, if the court sees that the relationship between the parties has deteriorated, it may suggest alternate forms of communication between the children and non-custodial parents, to limit the contact between parents as much as possible. For example, parties may consider weekly Skype sessions between parents and children. Some courts even require, under certain circumstances, that a cell phone be purchased for the child, so that he or she might stay in touch with the other parent. Technology can also be used to monitor the relationship between the parents, too. If desired and approved, attorneys can help monitor email correspondence between parents to ensure that there is no misconduct or misbehavior.
Improvements and advancements in technology is a trend that is here to stay. If used properly, technology can go a long way to help ensure that divorced couples can co-exist in the best interests of their children.