Online communication and texting are often criticized for making relationships impersonal, but sometimes, that can be for the best. The New York Times has profiled some of the ways that couples manage an acrimonious divorce when simply breaking off contact isn't an option — usually because joint custody of children is involved. That can mean anything from making sure the child has a cellphone (so parents can call them directly instead of going through each other) to complex software like Our Family Wizard, a scheduling and tracking system that reminds users of their obligations while keeping a record for the court. The Times is careful to point out that technology can't fix a broken relationship, but sometimes, it seems to make dealing with one more bearable.
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