So, the summer’s over. We’re all sunburned, blissful, and oh so ready for the kids to go back to school. For separated parents, however, the start of a new school year can bring on far more issues than whether the kids will ever get used to going to bed at a reasonable hour again. Here are some of the most popular tools for separated parents to deal with the upcoming school year.

  1. Our Family Wizard: This is a website that allows parents to share calendars, notes, and emails. If your custody order requires reimbursement of expenses, this program allows you to scan in the receipts, submit a request for reimbursement, and receive the payment. The messenger feature even checks for negative tone and bad language to make sure that your conversations are productive. It even provides access to all of these records to a judge or attorney, if the need arises.

2. Cozi Family Calendar: This is an app and website that allows all members of a family to add to a shared calendar. The entries are color-coded so that it easy to see who has baseball, who needs to be at track practice, and who has a book report due on Friday. If your custody order requires you to give notice to the other parent in advance of doctor’s appointment, events, parent/teacher conferences, etc, this is a great way to do that in an organized and verifiable way.

3. Shared Document Drives: Both DropBox and Google Docs are great tools for sharing documents between family members. Whether it’s school supply lists, class schedules, or health insurance information, you and the other parent can both have unlimited access to these important documents. Also, if your possession schedule includes exchanges between houses during the school week, it may be helpful to have your kids save homework to a shared drive so that they have access at both houses.

If these tools help but don’t solve your ongoing problems with your custody arrangement, please give the attorneys at Hammerle Finley a call to see if your custody order needs to be modified.

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The information contained in this article is general information only and does not constitute legal advice.