ParentPlan – a new way of communication
By Amanda Erskine
A new service has been launched in an effort to provide separated parents with a new way of communicating with each other regarding their children. ParentPlan is a secure website which aims to allow parents who do not get to see their children every day to keep up to date with what is going on in their children’s lives. If both parents sign up to the site, they will have the ability to upload diary events and activities to the calendar, store contact details, display media files and relevant documents and post key reminders to the pinboard. All this information can be shared not only between the parents, but also with any other selected adults involved in the child’s life such as carers, grandparents or other family members.
If one parent signs up to the site the other should receive an email inviting them to join as well. Until 1 June 2016 parents can sign up to the site for free and can upgrade their membership at any time. The site has been designed for parents, by parents, as a personalised and secure portal. It aims to help busy parents, whether they live together or apart, manage the day-to-day arrangements for their children.
For any separated parents this may be a very useful tool in helping to improve communication and avoid the need for a physical diary to be passed back and forth by the child when he or she goes for contact. However it is important for any parent who has separated from their partner that they seek detailed and trustworthy advice from a family solicitor, who can advise them on their rights and responsibilities towards their children and their ex-partner. At Barker Gotelee our family team can offer a free consultation to any parent who needs support and advice.
Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.