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Communication: 4 methods that work for divorcing couples

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2019 | Firm News |

Going through a divorce is not easy. You and your estranged spouse may not get along well and have trouble communicating with one another. Fortunately, there are many options for communicating that will allow you to talk without being face-to-face.

You may need to communicate because of having children together, or you may have to discuss property division or other factors of your divorce. If you have trouble talking in person, you have some other options. Here are several of the ways you can communicate with the ability to save those conversations for use in court.

1. Text

Texting is a good way to communicate when you’re separated or divorced. Why? Everything that is said or done, including sending photographs or files, is tracked. That way, if there are any situations that need to be reported or used as evidence, you’ll have the information in full.

2. E-mail

E-mail is another good option for keeping track of communication, and it gives you more time to respond without feeling pressured for a quick answer. While texts may happen in real-time, emails often have some delay, so you can take your time to respond and keep the email for your records. You can also route emails to a special folder, so you only see those emails when you have time to respond to them.

3. Court-monitored apps

For volatile relationships between people who need to continue to communicate, court-monitored apps can help. These apps force the couple to interact on it alone, which keeps track of how they speak with another. This can stop harassment and other issues that people want to avoid, since both parties will (hopefully) be on their best behavior.

4. Phone (with recording)

Another option is to take phone calls but to let them go to voicemail or to record every interaction with your spouse or ex-spouse. This is another good way to preserve evidence when it’s needed for court.

As you can see, there are many ways to communicate that allow you to keep evidence of your interaction. If you do need to communicate in person, you can even go as far as to have security cameras at your home or a personal recording device for yourself, so that you can record your interactions. Discuss this with your attorney, so that you can make sure not to violate any laws by recording interactions with your spouse or ex-spouse.