Divorce may end your official marital relationship, but as parents, you’ll likely maintain some semblance of contact throughout your children’s lives. If you intend to co-parent, this contact could prove surprisingly frequent; many divorced parents check in on a daily basis. Conflict is to be expected, but it can quickly be resolved with effective communication tools and strategies, as highlighted below:

Make the Most of Co-Parenting Apps

Co-parenting apps build greater convenience into your daily life. These simple tools allow you and your ex to coordinate schedules, expenses, and more. Many also include journals and photo-sharing features, which provide greater insight into key moments that happen while you’re away.

Options abound for co-parenting apps, but not every solution is right for every situation. A lot depends on your budget and which features you require.

Favorite online tools and mobile apps include:

  • Our Family Wizard
  • 2houses
  • Cozi
  • Coparently

While dedicated co-parenting apps are often the most effective, tools such as Google Calendar can also prove useful. Take some time to examine your full range of options, keeping in mind how you already communicate and whether your current mobile strategy is effective.

Keep it Concise

Every co-parenting relationship differs, but for many, the most amicable interactions are also the most concise. This is especially true in the immediate aftermath of divorce, when lingering resentments can quickly work their way into otherwise ordinary parenting conversations. When in doubt, aim for brief and professional interactions. This applies not only to texts and emails, but also to in-person conversations.

You will find it far easier to build a desirable co-parenting strategy if you’ve already resolved your most pressing issues during the divorce process. That’s where the Brown Law Offices come into play. We assist with a variety of family matters, including child custody, child support, and parenting time. Reach out today to learn more.

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Photo of Cynthia J. Brown Cynthia J. Brown

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting…

“Some lawyers play a lot of games. That’s not my approach. There is a lot of gray area in the law, but I try to keep things relatively straightforward for my clients. That way, we can all focus on what’s really important: getting matters settled fairly and cost-effectively. We’re certainly ready to litigate, but favor empowering clients to control the outcome of their case.”

Cynthia is a founding partner with the Brown Law Offices, P.A. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and William Mitchell College of Law. She publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues.

Cynthia Brown was admitted to practice in 1998. After graduating from law school, Cynthia served as the law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. Upon completing her clerkship, Cynthia practiced family law with a well-known firm in Cambridge, Minnesota. She founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., in 2003.

Early in her career, Cynthia served as a prosecutor and public defender. In the last decade, however, Cynthia’s practice has focused primarily on family law. She has handled a wide variety of matters throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota, including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, paternity, step-parent adoption, harassment and grandparent rights.

Cynthia publishes extensively on divorce and family law issues. She is a contributing author to the Family Law Forum, the quarterly publication of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Cynthia also writes a bi-monthly family law column for the Minnesota Lawyer newspaper, and monthly articles for Divorce Magazine.

Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, magna cum laude, from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and her Juris Doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.

Cynthia founded the Amigos de Guatemala Foundation in 2007. She is a former Board Member and President of the Foundation, which provided educational, health and financial resources to underprivileged Guatemalan citizens. Her interest in serving the impoverished began with a medical mission trip to Honduras in 1994.

When she is not practicing law, Cynthia enjoys scrap-booking, soap-making, beading and spending time with family. She and her husband, Jason, also an attorney, have two children.