These are all easy-to-use “apps” downloadable to your SmartPhone or by use of a computer via the internet. Here are several of the best options:
APPCLOSE is a completely free co-parenting app AppClose and has been around a long time with tens of thousands of people benefiting from its use. Along with features like messaging, shared calendars and the ability to create a shared parenting plan, AppClose has its own built-in payment platform, “ipayou,” with an integrated expense tracker. You or your ex can scan in receipts and request reimbursement, and then be reimbursed electronically. AppClose allows you to export (for free) all communication and calendars. Messaging is done by text within the app, which you can do with your co-parent, alone or in a group chat with other family members or caretakers you can add (also for free). The messages are time- and date-stamped.
OurFamilyWizzard was originated and designed by a divorced couple. For a modest cost, OurFamilyWizard platform facilitates helpful and cordial communication between co-parents. Families can share messages, expenses, events, and even add professional accounts including their mediator or therapist. The optional add-on, ToneMeter, acts like an “emotional spell check,” can pick up on negative tones, and give you alternatives to avoid a potential argument.
Coparently offers all the tools one would need to make co-parenting easier. With color-coded custody calendars, a secure messaging center, printable records for shared expenses, and a shared online directory, it can help save time, money, and needless argument. You can even add your kids to the account, helping with communication and the decision-making process.
COZI is a “Mom’s Choice” award-winning program that lets you create shared calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists, and meal plans.
2Houses provide families a way to communicate with their co-parent more efficiently and effectively. When information gets lost in the piles of texts and emails, 2Houses allows users to exchange information, such as medical notes and school details, and stay organized. Other helpful features include messaging with mediator access and document storage.
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