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Technology can help or hinder Colorado child custody matters

Parents in Colorado know how significantly technology has changed our ability to communicate. We are a generation that has witnessed astounding advancements in the manner in which we keep in touch. Email, cell phones and text messaging are all options that were not available to even our own parents. When it comes to child custody matters, the range of communication options can make the exchange of information between divorced parents much easier. However, technology can also be misused, making it even more difficult to communicate on matters involving children.

One recent study looked at the ways that divorced parents utilize technology to communicate with their former partner. Not surprisingly, researchers found that when former spouses maintained a positive relationship following the split, technology made it much easier to exchange information about the kids and their various activities. However, when parents did not get along, those same forms of technology were used as a tool to limit access to the children.

Some parents simply avoided responding to text messages and email as a means of avoiding interaction with the other parent. While this approach may lead to less confrontation, it also serves to disrupt the parent/child relationship, and can lead to even more tension between parents. By interfering with the other parent's access to the child, a parent is placing the focus on the adults and not the child, which is where it belongs.

Parents who struggle with child custody matters may want to rely heavily on technology to communicate. Not only does email provide the ability to edit what you say, it also provides a written record of the communication. This could prove valuable if the parents end up in court over continuing custody issues. In some cases, one parent has to approach a Colorado family court judge to ensure that they receive proper access to their child. Having proof of attempted and rebuffed communication between the other parent can strengthen one's case in court.

Source: Atlanta Blackstar, "Divorced Parents Use Technology to Facilitate Co-Parenting or Control Parent's Access to Children," Aug. 29, 2012

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