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What are co-parenting apps?

You may not be surprised, given the number of apps available for smartphones, that there are indeed co-parenting apps for divorced couples. Whether or not you would use them in your own divorce process could depend on a number of different factors.

Believe it or not, judges across the country have ordered parents to use apps to resolve their disputes; whether your Minnesota judge would order such a solution would depend on your case. Please read on for a brief look at some of the ways these apps might help you work together with your spouse. 

One of the most common features of co-parenting apps is schedules. Many of these tools contain some kind of calendar or agenda in which are you and your spouse can enter, modify of comment on events in your children's lives. 

Another popular future is budgeting. Many parenting apps have sections in which you and your spouse could enter expenses that occur in relation to your children's extracurricular, entertainment or school activities. Most also include the ability to assign responsibility to either parent for any costs. 

As shown in a piece from The Wall Street Journal, these co-parenting apps have an extremely wide range of features and potential uses. For example, one of the apps discussed in the article has a tool that could analyze the tone of your messages to help you communicate more civilly with your ex.

Which app you use, or whether you want to use one at all, could depend on a judge's order, your own parenting style and your ability to communicate with your spouse over other channels. Please do not think of this as legal advice. It is only an introduction to the subject.

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