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How kids can use technology to stay connected to parents after divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2022 | Child Custody

Divorce is a jarring event for all members of the family. While the couple might recognize that ending the marriage is the best option for their futures, children will likely only recognize it as a disruptive force against the normalcy in which they’ve grown up. Fortunately, technological advances have made it easier for kids to stay in contact with parents after divorce.

While the divorcing couple developed the parenting plan to ensure the child’s best interests were met through custody and visitation, they might still worry about alienation, estrangement and isolation. What happens if the child has a serious question or important topic to discuss with the parent who is non-custodial at that moment? In response to that, many courts and tech experts agree that advances in communication are key to the issue.

What might the tech plan look like?

The abundance of technology and its ease of use has led to a virtual revolution in terms of our ability to communicate over any distance at any time. While cell phone calls have historically led the charge of constant communication, other apps, features, services and devices are just as important, including:

  • Texting
  • Video chat
  • Email
  • Voicemail
  • Skype
  • Social media platforms

Any of these methods or a combination of the above give children comfort in the knowledge that either parent is often literally just a click away. This can be helpful as the child ages and matures. He or she will likely have questions and concerns that change with new experiences and new challenges. Parents and children both find that voice, video and text conversations are necessary to stay in constant contact.

It is wise the impose limits on screen time as well as time restrictions for the various communication methods. A child can send an email at any time day or night, but a midnight phone call because of a bad dream might not be ideal. Of course, all family units operate based on their unique needs so these discussions must be had individually.

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