This presentation will address the custody and co-parenting issues that have arisen as a result of the powerful device in the hands of most parents and children: the smartphone. The smartphone is a constantly evolving tool that potentially has both positive and negative uses in high conflict divorce. It can impact the relationship between a parent and their children, the relationship between co-parents, and the triadic relationship among the co-parents and their children. We explore each relationship and offer practical advice to provide to clients about how to intelligently navigate the rocky waters of changing technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to list 3 child-focused considerations in determining if a child living in two homes should be given a cellphone/smartphone.
  • Participants will be able to identify 2 potential co-parenting benefits of the cellphone/smartphone
  • Participants will be able to describe 2 considerations in determining the appropriate frequency of telephone calls from the non-custodial parent to the child.