The right co-parenting apps can help you manage your responsibilities in conjunction with your former spouse or partner. Understanding the available technologies and applications can help you share information and parenting duties more easily and effectively. Here are some of the most practical and functional apps to consider for all your co-parenting needs.
The opens in a new window2houses app is designed to allow divorced parents to share a common schedule, financial information, and other items easily and quickly. The integrated dashboard provides access to a shared calendar that allows the addition of events and activities by both parents. Available for both iPhone and Android mobile systems, 2houses also offers messaging and the sharing of photos and other uploads to ensure the fastest and most practical communication options for you and your former spouse. The app also provides access to a mediator service to help you and your ex-partner deal with disagreements that occur during the parenting process. 2houses offers a free 14-day trial and requires a monthly fee of $9.99 (*based on annual payment) for the whole family after that.
Designed for families, opens in a new windowCozi is a comprehensive organizer that allows for the storage of recipes, events, activities, and provides a convenient calendar for you and your former spouse. This app works with iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, and Mac platforms and includes to-do lists, a color-coded calendar, integrated reminders, and a family journal. Cozi is free to use and includes a list of best picks for a variety of gifts and educational products. Because it is designed for the entire family, it may lack some of the specific features included in specialized co-parenting apps.
An application explicitly designed for co-parenting, opens in a new windowFayr was created by a separated father in conjunction with actress Gwyneth Paltrow to provide the most important functions for separated and divorced parents. It includes the capability to share schedules, upload financial information, access geolocation data, and message your co-parent to ensure easy communication at all times. Fayr also incorporates emotional support and argument diffusion tools to provide added support for you and your former spouse or partner. Available for Android and iPhone, Fayr is available for a monthly fee of $9.99 a month. A discount is available for 1-year or 3-year subscriptions.
Another co-parenting application designed for Android, iPhone, and computer browsers, opens in a new windowOurFamilyWizard offers some of the most-wanted features for divorced or separated parents. Expenses, scheduling, communicating and storage of photos and documents are among the most practical functions available through this app. A shared calendar allows the addition of new activities along with a brief description, which can reduce stress and worry when passing along the information to your co-parent. An easy-to-use message board offers the integration of opens in a new windowToneMeter™, a tool that provides suggestions about changing certain phrases to promote a more harmonious relationship between you and your former partner. A subscription is required for OurFamilyWizard, which start at $99.00. Fee waivers may be available for lower-income families.
Designed to provide a permanent record of communications between divorced or separated parents, Talking Parents offers secure messaging, a shared calendar, a personal journal and email notifications for parents working together to raise their children after a divorce. The free version is available for computer browsers only and includes ads. For a small monthly fee, subscribers can also access the app on their mobile devices and can store files on the system indefinitely.
Taking a closer look at the available co-parenting apps on the market today can be a good way to share responsibilities with your former spouse or partner. This can help your children feel secure and supported after your separation or divorce and can foster a healthier relationship for all members of your family.