A divorce between parents can be a hotly contested dispute, which can lead to difficulties in effectively co-parenting their children. Furthermore, even cooperating parents can experience miscommunication and missed dates from time to time.
Fortunately, there are several great apps specifically for co-parenting. These apps provide scheduling tools and various features to keep track of custody calendars and even shared expenses.
The following are the five best co-parenting apps available to download on your smartphone, tablet, or any other device:
Our Family Wizard (Available on iOS & Android) – This app comes with a shared calendar with automatic documentation logs, an expense log to track all parenting expenses and reimbursements, a journal to document events related to child care (e.g., notes from school, doctor’s visits, etc.), an “Info Bank” to save a child’s medical history, medications, immunizations, school schedules, and emergency contacts, as well as a message board communicate about custody and visitation matters all in one place. After a 30-day money-back guarantee trial, plans start at $99 per month for a one- or two-year subscription.
2Houses (Available on iOS & Android) – This app has an interactive calendar so parents can share and synchronize scheduled dates to eliminate conflicts. Other features also include a financial management feature to keep track of account balances and shared expenses, parental messaging, and an information bank to save important notes such as medical records of even a child’s clothing size. After a 14-day free trial, plans start at $12.50 a month for a one-year subscription.
Cozi (Available on iOS & Android) – While this family organizer app is not specifically made for co-parenting, Cozi allows users to create shared calendars, set up to-do lists, and even share photos and documents. There is a free version and you can create one account for all loved ones.
Co Parently (Available on iOS & Android) – Similar to other co-parenting apps, Co Parently allows parents to set up and manage parenting time and other events in a color-coded calendar, track shared expenses and payments, and provides a messaging board that is time-stamped and un-editable. This app also supports guest access to other family members and even attorneys. Plans start at $99 per year, per parent.
Google Calendar (Available on iOS & Android) – If you want to create your own calendar and you are tech savvy with Google’s tools, you can create a shared Google Calendar to document and keep track of parenting time and other events. You can also use Google Sheets to track expenses through a simple spreadsheet. Lastly, you can set your preferences to send you and the other parent an e-mail each time an event is added to the calendar or something is updated. Google Calendar is free.
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