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Maryland child custody eased with technology?

After divorce, the ex-couple most likely would rather spend as little time together as possible to avoid awkward and contentious circumstances. When the ex-couple are parents, though, the possibility of limiting contact becomes more difficult. Today's technology age may provide some relief for Maryland parents, however. Child custody situations are often emotionally challenging, and these challenges may begin during the divorce process and never end. For parents, these challenges can exacerbate their already high levels of tension and stress.

Technology may begin to provide parents with options that are designed to avoid contentious battles and uncomfortable swaps. The concept is "joint custody at a distance." With technology, parents can limit their face-to-face interactions by using email, Skype and other technological measures. The use of an online calendar, for example, may help parents coordinate without the uncomfortable back and forth phone conversations. There are also "apps" to help divorcees.

These measures can be utilized during the divorce process as well to minimize the discomfort for parents and their children. Using tools such as an online calendar can help both parents stay informed as to visitation days, schedules, etc. that are pertinent before the divorce is final. After the divorce is final, there are tools that parents can use to monitor and track their communications, log expenses, and provide reminders of obligations. These tools can help contentious couples maintain the best interests of the children, rather than focusing on their own emotions.

When Maryland parents choose to divorce, it may be challenging to remember that the best interests of the children involved will come first. During child custody processes, parents may find that they cannot agree, which can add tension to the divorce and family. For these parents, the availability of technology to help smooth the process may be a viable option for their situation. Every divorce is different, and every family has different needs, however with technology constantly evolving, there may be options available to suit most families.

Source: The New York Times, "Joint Custody, From a Distance," Pamela Paul, Nov. 23, 2012

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