There are lots of online programs for divorced parents to use to ease communication, but the one that is getting the best reviews and is the most comprehensive is “Our Family Wizard.” If a client has difficulty communicating with other parent, Our Family Wizard is phenomenal in aiding communication and providing a reliable record, which can be used in later Court proceedings, if necessary. The program has the typical online calendar, but it can also be used for email , tracking who said what when (in a clean format, instead of 20 page string emails), text tracking, and third parties can be given permission to review the parents communication and calendars – permission must be given by both parents. The FCW can facilitate expense reimbursements; online payments can be made by the owing parent, and the FCW has private or shared journaling capabilities. I think it’s worth taking a look to see if use of Our Family Wizard can help make your dealings with the other parent easier. And, of course, there is an Android and iPhone app.
In family law we often refer to the two parties as “good people at their worst”. Divorce is one of the most emotional of court proceedings. It’s not just about money or property, it is about love gone awry (or gone away), and about the loss of your hopes and dreams for the future. One of the easiest ways to deal with this is to turn your spouse into a bad guy: to remember only the bad times you’ve had with your spouse and his or her family, to think only about the bad characteristics and habits – all of the aggravating and annoying things you’ve endured throughout your marriage.
By Sandra Burt
My clients often ask me why they have to pay through the clearinghouse. “Isn’t that an extra step between the money and the children?” As you may or may not know, all child support (and sometimes spousal maintenance) payments go through the Department of Economic Security Clearinghouse.
I wrote earlier this week about how the holidays are a time of warmth, family and togetherness… but that warmth, family and togetherness is not always so easy to come by. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the winter break including Christmas and the New Year all seem to flow together and create high levels of stress. It is especially acute when you have children who split holidays between mom and dad. It is a busy time for Family lawyers.
Burt Feldman Grenier
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Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4501
Office: (480) 945-1800