July 2015 Bar Bulletin
Peace at Home: OurFamilyWizard Lessens Parenting Disputes
By Matt Havrevold
For co-parents who are prone to conflict, long email exchanges and vague text messages often create ambiguity or miscommunication, and make admissible records difficult for counsel to compile. As a result, courts routinely order parent communication on the OurFamilyWizard (OFW) website in cases spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and five Canadian provinces. OFW is even ordered in domestic violence cases to keep parents informed while reducing opportunities for coercive control and harassment.
Lower courts' orders for communication with OFW are regularly upheld. In a sealed 2011 opinion, Hon. Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio of Montgomery County, Pa., wrote:
(Our)FamilyWizard is utilized by courts in cases involving litigious parents whose credibility is lacking and who are unable to communicate with each other. The tool protects each party against trivial or false contempt petitions by preserving evidence ... [and] it facilitates communication between the parties in a non-hostile, non-confrontation, non-intrusive, monitored format.... The tool is objective and applies equally to each party.
Now in its 14th year, OFW has helped more than 100,000 families maintain more amicable communication using secure mobile and web-based features for parents to communicate in a simple, well-documented and highly organized manner. Along with their legal or mental health practitioners, co-parents are linked together to share information using these main features: