Co-parenting is never a seamless process. In fact, even parents with a highly amicable divorce can get into arguments over parenting-related expenses or calendar miscommunications. It’s hard to keep up with everything, especially when your child is split between two households — it’s okay to admit that.
Luckily, there are tons of great applications and software programs out there now to help co-parents work together more effectively, including these six recommended apps.
Our Family Wizard
Since it first launched in 2001, Our Family Wizard has remained one of the top co-parenting apps out there. In fact, nearly 1 million divorced parents use either the web version or smartphone app.
Our Family Wizard allows parents to share a schedule, track expenses, and communicate digitally so that all of your parenting info is in one place. You can also grant other people access, like grandparents, therapists, or attorneys — which can really help depending on your family’s situation.
Pricing starts at just $99 per year and varies based on your specific needs.
Although Cozi is marketed as a family organizer app, it’s a great free option for co-parents who are on a budget but need something to help them communicate more efficiently. It ultimately helps parents stay on the same page, which is all any good co-parenting app should do.
Cozi includes an easy-to-use calendar feature, to-do lists, and even a place to share photos of the kids or an easy recipe the kids enjoy. You can also add as many people to the shared calendar as you need, which is helpful if you have babysitters or grandparents helping with the kids from time to time.
If you’re looking for a co-parenting app that does it all, then 2Houses might be the best option for you. This app is used by nearly 200,000 parents across the world — and its following just keeps growing.
Like most other apps out there, 2Houses includes a color-coated calendar that can help parents keep up with events and other important dates. However, the calendar also allows you to request changes to the co-parenting schedule, add recurring items like music lessons or lunch with grandma, and even sync with your preferred calendar app. 2Houses also includes a nice financial management system, parental messaging, and even an information bank where parents can save important information like their child’s clothing sizes, medical records, and more.
2Houses offers a 14-day free trial, then starts at just $12.50 per month for the entire family.
For parents who struggle with mapping out custody swaps or schedule changes, Custody Connection may be a great solution for you. Not only does this app give you a shared calendar to sync together, but it also allows for you to make trade requests or ask for other changes instantly. The co-parent can then choose to accept or deny the request, and the changes automatically appear on the calendar once approved.
Custody Connection is currently only available for Apple devices, but if you both have iPhones, it’s a great app to consider.
One of the biggest causes of conflict between divorced parents is child support and finances in general. Luckily, apps like Support Pay are out there to help parents work through these difficult financial conversations more effectively.
Support Pay allows parents to provide receipts and other information on expenses, transfer money between each other without sharing bank information, and even track tax deductions. You can easily print out information as needed for documentation purposes or even get certified copies for court. Furthermore, the app also allows parents to utilize a mediator if disputes occur over finances.
Support Pay does have a free version as well as a premium version that starts at $15 per month.
Co Parently is a great catch all co-parenting app that gives you a little bit of everything. The app includes a shared calendar, parental messaging, expense tracking, and a contact directory so you can both access important numbers. This makes it easy to keep up with everything so you’re not having to constantly hound your co-parent for things as they come up.
Like many other apps, Co Parently also supports guest access for grandparents or even lawyers. However, one nice benefit of this app in particular is you can restrict what guests see, meaning you can keep your former mother-in-law up to date about your child’s dance rehearsals without letting her see your message history with your ex.
Co-parenting is never easy, but these apps can ultimately help you and your ex communicate better and do what’s best for the kids. At the end of the day, that’s what matters the most.
Sources: Our Family Wizard, Cozi, 2Houses, Support Pay, Co Parently
Divorce is never easy. But nearly a year post-divorce, I can already see ways in which the divorce greatly changed the way I parent my children.
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