The Benefits of OurFamilyWizard in Custody Cases

September 12, 2023
Louis Sternberg

OurFamilyWizard in New York Custody Cases

Co-parenting is a journey that many families embark upon after separation or divorce. Undoubtedly, co-parenting comes with its challenges, but technology has made it easier for parents to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate effectively for the well-being of their children and for the benefit of the parents themselves. One such groundbreaking tool that has revolutionized co-parenting is the OurFamilyWizard app.

Understanding Co-Parenting

Co-parenting involves shared responsibilities and decisions about a child’s upbringing, which can become complicated when parents live separately. Effective communication and a structured approach are vital to ensuring the child’s needs are met and that both parents remain involved in their lives. This is where OurFamilyWizard (OFW) comes into play.

What is OurFamilyWizard?

OurFamilyWizard is an all-in-one co-parenting app that offers a multitude of features designed to facilitate communication, manage schedules, track expenses, and provide a secure platform for co-parents to collaborate. Let’s delve into some of its key features:

  1. Centralized Communication: The app provides a secure messaging platform, eliminating the need for personal email or text messages. This ensures that all communication is documented and easily accessible if needed in the future.
  2. Shared Calendar: Managing custody schedules can be challenging, but OFW simplifies this with a shared calendar. Parents can enter their parenting time, school events, medical appointments, and more, reducing scheduling conflicts and misunderstandings.
  3. Expense Tracking: Financial matters can be a significant source of conflict. This app allows parents to track and share expenses related to their child’s care, making it easier to manage reimbursements and ensure fairness.
  4. Document Storage: Important documents like custody agreements, school records, and medical information can be stored securely within the app, making it easily accessible whenever needed.
  5. Secure Journaling: Parents can keep private journals to document significant events or concerns related to their child’s well-being. This feature promotes transparency and accountability.
  6. Professional Access: If necessary, professionals such as lawyers, mediators, or judges can be granted access to view the communication and records, ensuring that all parties involved are on the same page.

In Suffolk County custody cases, the Courts regularly order parties to communicate exclusively through OFW in order minimize any potential harmful messages and to enable production of communication for review by the Court and counsel.  OurFamilyWizard logs are especially useful evidence and many trials have been won by production of these records.

What Are the Benefits of OurFamilyWizard?

  1. Reduced Conflict: By centralizing communication and providing a structured platform, OurFamilyWizard minimizes misunderstandings and conflicts between co-parents.
  2. Efficiency: The app streamlines the co-parenting process, saving time and effort that can be better spent on your child’s needs.
  3. Accountability: With documented communication and expenses, both parents are held accountable for their responsibilities and financial obligations.
  4. Child-Centered: OFW keeps the focus on the child’s best interests, promoting healthy co-parenting relationships and positive outcomes for the child.
  5. Legal Support: The app’s records can be used as legal documentation if disputes arise, making it a valuable tool for legal proceedings.
  6. ToneMeter.  OurFamilyWizard describes their ToneMeter tools as being “like an emotional spellcheck.”  When enabled, the tool monitors the user’s communications as they are being typed and prior to sending.  ToneMeter then advises the user as to whether the message is potentially upsetting, aggressive, humiliating or hurtful.  In doing so, it enables the user to rethink potentially damaging communication before sending and (ideally) avoids potentially harmful communication. 

OurFamilyWizard Calls

OurFamily Wizard has also announced a new feature known as Calls.  With this new tool, parents will not be required to share personal contact information, but, instead, can initiate audio or video calls directly through the OFW app.  The app will also maintain a downloadable log evidencing each party’s Call activity, including call history, timestamps, etc. 

OurFamilyWizard in Court

This office generally encourages the use of OFW in all Suffolk County Custody cases and divorces.  We find that it often provides a treasure trove of useful evidence and facilitates better communication and co-parenting time. 

OurFamilyWizard can serve as a lifeline for co-parents navigating the complexities of shared custody arrangements. It fosters effective communication, reduces conflicts, and keeps the child’s best interests at the forefront. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive features, OurFamilyWizard empowers co-parents to work together in the best interests of their children, ensuring that they continue to receive the love and support they deserve, regardless of the family’s circumstances. OFW also offers discounts to both low-income parties and the military.