Co-Parenting in the Digital Age: Tools and Tips for Success

On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Family Law on Monday November 13th, 2023.

Today, the world is dominated by technology everywhere—even in co-parenting. By having the right tools and strategies, parents can have a smooth process during the time of shared custody. Let’s take a deeper look into the tools and tips that can make co-parenting in the digital age a success.

1. Embrace Digital Calendars

One of the biggest challenges in co-parenting is coordinating schedules. Digital calendars like Google Calendar or Apple Calendar allow parents to share events, appointments, and important dates. This ensures that both parents are on the same page and reduces the chances of miscommunication.

2. Communication Apps

While texting and calling are always options, specialized communication apps like OurFamilyWizard or Coparently offer features tailored for co-parenting. These apps provide a platform for messaging, expense tracking, and even documenting communication for legal purposes.

3. Online Expense Tracking

Managing finances is another crucial aspect of co-parenting. Tools like Splitwise allow parents to track shared expenses, ensuring transparency and fairness. Parents can log expenses, split them accordingly, and keep track of who owes what.

4. Virtual Visits

For parents who live far apart, virtual visits can be a game-changer. Platforms like Zoom or Skype allow children to maintain a connection with both parents, even if they can’t be physically present. It’s a way to ensure that distance doesn’t dilute the bond between parent and child.

5. Set Digital Boundaries

While technology offers numerous advantages, it’s essential to set boundaries. This might mean designating tech-free times or ensuring that discussions about sensitive topics happen face-to-face rather than over text.

6. Stay Updated on Tech Trends

The digital landscape is ever-evolving. Staying updated on the latest tools and apps can provide new solutions to co-parenting challenges. Join online forums or groups where co-parents share their experiences and recommendations.

Conclusion: Navigating Co-Parenting with Digital Assistance

There are ample digital tools to ensure that co-parenting is easier and more effective in this digital era. Through the use of these tools and continued dialogue with their children, parents will be ensuring that both sides are satisfied. As the team at Wickersham and Bowers often says, “Adapting to the times ensures that we provide the best for our families.” 

The Role of Digital Assets in Modern Estate Planning

On behalf of The Law Office of Wickersham and Bowers posted in Estate Planning on Monday November 13th, 2023.

Our lives have merged with the online world in today’s digital age. Digital assets are now part of our everyday lives, from social media profiles to cryptocurrency portfolios. These assets, though intangible, hold significant value and must be considered in estate planning.

Why Digital Assets Matter in Estate Planning

In the past, estate planning has only concentrated on things that are visible, such as real estate, jewelry, and money. Nonetheless, while life has shifted to the virtual sphere, so has our wealth. These valuable assets comprise digital photographs, online bank accounts, and e-books, as well as domain names. The omission of these from an estate can be detrimental to inheritance value. 

Cryptocurrencies: The New Frontier

Cryptocurrency, like Bitcoin and Ethereum, has become a notable digital asset. As these digital currencies grow in popularity, many people have accumulated wealth they’re uncertain how to protect. Failure to adequately plan for such assets can make them inaccessible to heirs, and they can also be lost forever.

Securing Digital Legacies

In addition to financial aspects, our digital footprints encompass various elements such as emails, social media posts, and personal blogs. These components collectively contribute to the narrative we project. Ensuring access to these accounts after our demise preserves our digital legacy. This requires sharing access details securely and updating them regularly.

Incorporating Digital Assets into Your Estate Plan

To effectively include digital assets in your estate plan:

1. Inventory Your Assets: List all your digital assets, including accounts, passwords, and digital currency holdings.

2. Determine Their Value: Some assets, like cryptocurrencies, have a clear monetary value. Others, like personal emails, have sentimental value.

3. Provide Access: Use secure methods to share access details with trusted individuals or incorporate them into your will.

4. Update Regularly: As with all aspects of estate planning, review and update your digital asset plan regularly.

Embracing the Digital Age with Wickersham and Bowers

At Wickersham and Bowers, we understand the intricacies of digital assets and are committed to helping you navigate this new frontier. Secure your digital legacy with us today