Our Seattle custody attorneys will help you discover co-parenting apps
Nowadays, a lot of emphasis is placed on divorced parents working together as co-parents rather than just two separate and isolated households. To do this effectively, some level of communication and coordination is required. Fortunately, there are now apps that are designed to help make parenting together smoother and easier. Our custody attorneys have reviewed a few for your review:
The OurFamilyWizard app is one that I’ve been seeing for a few years. It has capabilities for planning, tracking costs, communicating, and even sharing files. You can also add people such as extended family members, mediators, and family therapists with their own access levels. There’s even a level of access just for your kids so they can see their upcoming schedules and send messages.
CoParenter is an interesting option that may require outside help in more difficult situations. It offers live and on-demand coaching and mediation services for parents, as well as the ability to create and document specific parenting agreements. This is in addition to typical features like calendar, messaging, expense tracking and reimbursement, and document sharing.
WeParent is another app designed to make calendaring, file sharing, and secure communication between family members easier (with options for both individuals and groups). As they say, “This way you can focus on what matters most – raising happy, healthy children!”
As the name suggests, Coparently is specifically designed to help with mutual parenting. With many of the typical tools including calendar (including color-coding times for each parent), communication, and expense management, it also includes a shared contact list so both parents can quickly reach out to teachers, doctors, carers, etc. when needed. You can also add other people like caregivers and extended families to the communication feature so everyone can stay up to date. Children can access the calendar without being able to see communication between parents.
2Houses includes a parent’s calendar (including change requests), expense tracking, shared journal area (for sharing notes, pictures, etc.), basic news and a place to keep basic kids information such as medical information, shared documents and important contacts . The calendar can be synchronized with other calendars such as Outlook or Google and shared with other people. As with some of the best apps, you can only give limited access to extended families and third parties here. The cost is also reasonable and charged per family rather than per parent.
The parenting app offers both free and paid versions. The main functions are calendaring and sharing / saving digital documents. It also appears to provide access for caregivers.
Cozi is a free app designed to be a family organizer (not specifically for two household families, but useful nonetheless). The main functions for shared parenting are a shared calendar and task lists. If you want to try a simple app before deciding whether to invest in a paid app, this is a good place to start!
Designed specifically for parenting schedule schedules, Custody Connection is another free app. You can set a standard or custom schedule so you always know which parent the child should be with. One feature that I particularly like is the ability for parents to request temporary business and change the calendar accordingly. If you don’t need a dedicated app for communication or expense tracking, this might be a good option.
Of course, if you want to get things done the old-fashioned way, our Seattle custody attorneys are happy to help you create or change your parenting plan. Contact our company today!