Communicating With Your Ex Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare – Check Out These 9 Co-Parenting Apps

Online Communication Tool Reviews for Co-Parenting

Tired of fighting with your ex over the kids? Here are 9 reviews of the best co-parenting apps and online tools. #coparenting #singlemoms #singlemomresources #resourcesforsinglemoms #divorcecommunicationtools #communicationtools #Coparentingapps #bestcoparentingapps

If you’re a single mom, dad or you’ve remarried, then more than likely you’ve had some difficult (maybe even heated) conversations with your ex over the kids. I’ll admit that I’ve had countless “heated” conversations with my children’s father over the years, especially as the kids were younger and we were younger and not willing to budge when it came to what we wanted. How I wish these co-parenting communication tools were available back then! 

Is it easy to learn how to communicate effectively with your ex? No. But is it essential? Yes.

Since there isn’t a manual to go off of to figure out how to communicate best especially during more challenging situations or custody disputes, then trying one of these online communication tools, could very well be the best thing. Even if all parties get along great, having one tool that keeps everyone on the same page and well informed can only benefit all involved.  

 

1. Coparently

{all info below courtesy of Coparently}

Coparently screenshot for laptop and mobile

  •   {Screenshots courtesy of Coparently.com}

    Coparently offers online and mobile communication tools to help co-parents improve calendaring issues, communicate more clearly, track shared expenses, and store accurate, up-to-date contact information.

    Cost:

    30 day free trial

    $99 per year up front {per parent pricing}

    or $9.99 per month {per parent pricing}

    Tips:

    • Add your kids to the account so they can use it to communicate with each of you about forgotten items, scheduling requests, and more.
    • Add the app to your phone for anywhere access to important medical information, including prescription history and contacts information for each of your kids’ doctor

 

2. Our Family Wizard

{all info below courtesy of Our Family Wizard}

 

  • Our Family Wizard Screenshot

      {Screenshot courtesy of OurFamilyWizard.com}

    Our Family Wizard® is an online tool designed specifically for co-parenting families. It allows parents to manage all aspects of their shared parenting agreement online and in one place, from calendars to expenses. The company even offers Apple and Android apps for easy communication on the go. It’s been redesigning and developing their program for the last 15 years.

    Subscribers gain access to a full set of co-parenting tools, from color coded child custody calendars, to shared visitation schedules, secure messaging, family information storage (for things like immunization records), shared expense payment and management, and more.

    According to the company, judges in over 45 U.S states and four Canadian provinces have ordered families to utilize the site in high-conflict child custody disputes. 

    Cost:

    $99 per year {per parent}

    Child accounts are free

     

 

3. 2Houses

{all info below courtesy of 2Houses}

 

2houses is a program that helps co-parents create a central place for photo albums, addresses, doctor and dentist contact information, clothing sizes and more. It also has a shared journal feature to track notes and share information. 2houses offers an interactive calendar with many opportunities for sharing and synchronization, which is needed by modern families. We have also set up specific features for separated parents who can, through our interface, set parental schedules and manage changes without any time clashes. Becoming organized in a simple way is no longer impossible:

A family calendar :

  • View the family calendar on one screen; it is easy to interpret thanks to the color codes.
  • Add your events and activities so you won’t miss an important occasion.
  • Import your school’s vacation dates and holiday schedules.
  • Synchronize your 2houses calendar with your standard application (iCal, Google calendar, Outlook, and others). Do you have a Smartphone? Your 2houses calendar will also be displayed in your personal calendar.
  • Share your calendar with another family member or a third party.

And for us separated parents? :

  • Create your parenting schedules by using a powerful wizard that will help you to define your shared custody arrangements: full custody or one weekend out of two, 1st-3rd and 5th weekends, 3-3-4-4 days, 2-2-5-5, 2-2-3 days, or it can be customized as needed.
  • Define recurring visits such as Wednesday afternoons with one of the parents or Saturday mornings with Grandma.
  • Do you have a family party this weekend? Make a schedule change request for the other parent to accept. (The other parent may also offer an alternative date!)

     Cost:

     $9.99 per month

     Tips/Features: 

  • A calendar for everyone, getting organized when you’re divorced is a priority. 2houses makes available to you an online shared schedule, with many editing, adding, and sync features. Now, organization and simplicity are not mutually exclusive, they just mix together.
  • For us, as divorced parents, the financial topic is most of the time a conflict topic. Now, 2houses manages all expenses from each parent, keeps you informed on the situation, day after day, coins after coins.
  • Separated parents doesn’t mean fragmented family. The journal allows you to share any information, news, pictures, videos or even quotes. Thanks to the 2houses journal, even if they are with the other parent, your children will never be far.
  • Your child is coming back from holidays with his dad or his mom and you’d like to have some pictures of him/her ? The picture album gives you the opportunity to share and download every picture you like or the entire album, in an optimal resolution. Even more souvenirs to watch and watch again.
  • Do not look for information about your children, whatever it is, clothes size, last vaccines, the phone number of the math teacher or the parents of a friend, everything is here, at the same place for everyone.
  • Managing family tasks is fast and efficient with 2houses. Whether on the web or on your cellphone, your lists are always with you!
  • Here you can put together shopping lists for the whole family! Forget post-it notes on the fridge; create them from your phone or via the web, share, and update them!
  • Communicate is key, this is why 2houses makes available to you an online messaging tool, simple, efficient and secured.
  • Stay informed wherever you are, at home or even at the other side of the world. 2houses keep you informed by email or push notifications about the activity of your children. Do not miss any information.
  • 2houses is a secure platform, but it wants to stay permanently open. Parents can assign specific rights to their children, family members, and others.

 

4. Custody Junction

{all info below courtesy of Custody Junction}

This component allows you to create and maintain your parenting-time and support payment schedules though a calendar based interface. You can share the schedule online by providing the other parent with login access or by printing, or don’t share it at all. The Scheduling Center appeals to all types of custody arrangements (sole, joint, shared, split, friendly, non-friendly etc).

 Cost:  

     30 day free trial

     $47 for a 1 year subscription

   Tips/Features:

  • Other parent optional access with restriction options.
  • Third party (lawyer) optional access with restriction options.
  • Add your Child Exchange”Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add your Parenting “Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add your Holiday/Special “Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add your Vacation “Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add your Support Payment “Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add your Phone-Time “Events” to establish your schedule.
  • Add, edit or delete “Events” at anytime.
  • “Events” can include children individually or collectively.
  • Designate third party “Events” like child-care or grandparent time.
  • Repeating “Events” for easy future scheduling.
  • “Events” are color coded by parent for easy viewing.
  • Special comments or notes may be added for each “Event”.
  • Ability to send “Event” e-mail notification and dual reminder alerts.
  • Scheduling Calendar can be established up to two years in advance.
  • Three different viewing options (daily, weekly, monthly).
  • Printer friendly options.

This component allows you to provide detailed records of all of your “Events” that are established in your Scheduling Center. Your Tracking Center alerts you of each “Event” that requires your attention, so you can “track it” if desired. Tracking an “Event” allows you to provide the valuable documentation and detail that is needed to monitor your parenting arrangements. You may also initiate a tracking record for an “Event” that is not established in your Scheduling Center. This will allow you to document random contacts or incidents with the other parent and or child(ren). The tracking detail will be different depending on the type of “Event”. For example, the data collected for Parenting-Time “Event” will be different from a Child Support “Event” or a Phone-Time “Event”.

No More “He Said… She Said”

  • Time-stamped – created date and last updated date (for credibility).
  • Track the Events details to what “actually” happened.
  • Track with comments and tag them by subject matter.
  • Track the actual event times vs the scheduled times.
  • Track other people present.
  • Track gas expense and other multiple expenses.
  • Track personality or mood observations of the child(ren).
  • Track things not returned with the child(ren).
  • Track support payment dates and amounts.

This component gives you the power to drill through all of your Scheduling Center and Tracking Center data to produce statistical reports based on selected characteristics and date parameters. These custom generated reports analyze your parenting situation and provide reports to the other parent, an attorney, and/or the court if necessary. You can also view and print each “Event” within the report results, making it easy to collect and organize the information you want and need.

A Few Example Data & Comparison Reports

  • Possession Hours, Overnights and Percentages.
  • Scheduled Possession Time vs. Actual Time.
  • Accumulated Expenses (gas, medical, phone, travel).
  • Forfeited Parenting-Time.
  • Denied Parenting-Time.
  • Grandparent/Relative Visitation.
  • School Attendance.
  • Sports/ Special Activities.
  • Support Payment Amounts.
  • Delinquent Support Payments.

 

 

5. Kidganizer iPhone App

{all info below courtesy of Kidganizer}

 

     Cost:

     $1.99 for the app

     Tips/Features:

  • Shared custody management

With only a few clics, the divorced parents can enter their custody dates for kids and for a better organisation of their schedule. As soon as they add a shared custody, the other co-parents sees it immediatly in the app.
Thanks to synchronisation, there is no need for phone calls or emails, everything goes by the app!

  • Expenses Management

Kidganizer’s expenses management enables the divorced parents to follow the expenses, and they can even keep a picture of their receipts! The synchronization enables to see what the other co-parent spends, and vice versa. There is no need for emails going back and forth, and the parents won’t forget an expense anymore…
They can follow the list of all expenses for one child, and see the list of all spending for all kids. The cost management is optimized, easier and archived thanks to the app’s synchronization!

  • Family Management

Via the Family tab, I can create and modify my kids’ profiles very quickly, and invite other co-parents in the family: ex, nanny, grand-parents… Everything is immediately synchronized.
I can also create and manage my user profile.

  • Alerts

The Alert system reminds myself and the other co-parents of important events and appointments for my kids. As soon as either me or the co-parent modifies a schedule, I receive an alert on my phone.
Alert history is archived in the “Alert” tab, allowing for a better organization of family time. 

 


 

6. Skdei iPhone App

{all info below courtesy of Skdei}

     Cost:

     Free basic app with premium upgrade option.

     Tips/Features:

 

Delegation

  • Assign Activities or Events

Enjoy a night out and assign watching the kids to a responsible person in your family network (your babysitter, a friend, or another parent).

My Calendar view

  • Your Calendar

Tap events in the list, day, or month views to make changes or see more details. Tap the plus ( ) button to create new events, invite family members, and delegate.

Notifications

  • Your Notifications

Other parents, babysitters, and friends can accept or decline delegations and invitations in the app (requires in-app purchase). Since your kids are unlikely to be sporting an iPhone, events sent to kids are automatically accepted. Moreover, you’ll receive an email for every new invitation and when family members reply to events that you organize.

  • What’s Your Favorite Calendar App?

Skedi syncs with any iOS calendar (e.g., Microsoft Exchange, iCloud…). Requires in-app purchase.

  • Is it Apple’s Calendar app?

Here’s what our events look like in Apple’s Calendar app and Skedi.

Event in Apple's Calendar app and Skedi

  • Or another popular calendar?

Skedi events always appear as “(Booked by Skedi)” in your favorite calendar. Here’s how they appear in Google Calendar and Skedi.

Event in Google Calendar app and Skedi

Copy Events

  • Import and Export Events

Are you tired of retyping events in your calendar? Skedi lets you easily copy events from published school, club, or team calendars. You can also export events and import them in calendar applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, and Google Calendar. Requires in-app purchase.

Realtime Availability

  • Realtime Family Status

When you create or edit an event, Skedi checks availability of family members in realtime.

 

 

7. Cozi 

{all info below courtesy of Cozi}

Kids' sports schedule on Cozi

{Screenshot courtesy of Cozi.com}

Use Cozi to manage your kids’ extra-curricular schedules.

Cozi is a free online calendar program that’s ideal for co-parenting communication. In addition to shared calendar pages, it also offers free mobile options, shopping lists, meal planning, to do lists, and more.

Cozi is the must-have organizer for families. It helps coordinate and communicate everyone’s schedules and activities, track grocery lists, manage to do lists, plan ahead for dinner, and keep the whole family on the same page.

     Cost:

     Cozi Gold is $19.99 per year for an ad-free experience

     Tips/Features:

  • Create a separate kids’ calendar for your ex
  • Use the family journal to track your youngsters’ milestones
  • Track homework assignments.
  • Create lists for groceries, school supplies, and household supplies
  • Create lists for cleaning schedules, kids routine checklists, and chore checklists.

 

 

8. Google Calendar

{Screenshot courtesy of Google}

Google Calendar is another convenient way to coordinate schedules with your ex. Simply create a calendar and share editing permissions with him/her. Note that you can also schedule regular events, like weekly visits, to repeat automatically.

    Cost:

     Free

     Tips:

  • Create a separate Google calendar for your kids to share with your ex.
  • Ability to create automatic reminders and regularly repeating events.

 

 

8. Talking Parents

{all info below courtesy of Talking Parents}

Talking Parents Screenshot

 

{Screenshot courtesy of TalkingParents.com.}

Talking Parents is a different type of online communication tool for co-parents. It’s designed to create a system-of-record for all of your communications, in the event that either you or your ex need to supply proof of correspondence to the courts. The tool is free to use, but downloading a record of your communications costs $3.99 per download or $4.99 per month. 

     Cost:

     The tool itself is free

     A download a record of your communications will cost $3.99 per download or $4.99 per month.     

     Tips:

  • Helpful for parents with a history of conflict.
  • It provides a secure system of record.
  • Talking Parents also offers a location-based search tool for parents looking for a family lawyers.

 

 

 

9. Amazon Wish List

I’m pretty certain that Amazon Wish List wasn’t created with co-parenting in mind, but it can be a useful tool where both parents can see lists of the kids’ needs and wants for birthdays, holidays and school shopping. 

What Co-Parenting Apps has your family tried? Any positives or negitives? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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7 comments

  1. What a great list and one that I really needed to see. I have felt so frustrated with communication between my children’s father and me. So many ‘I didn’t know’ or you didn’t tell me. I am really keen to try using Google Calendar. I have it but hadn’t really used it before. It hadn’t occurred to me about the sharing feature. Fingers crossed it sorts out the problem.

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I’m happy you found it useful! I’d love your feedback on any of the apps you decide to use so other people can read your opinion. Praying the communication between you two improves. Blessings!

  2. 2Houses sounds something that I really need in my life. My ex and I are unable to communicate at all at the moment. There has just been so much that has gone on. We have really tried for our sons sake but we always end up arguing when we speak on the phone or face to face. I like the idea of requesting a change that 2 Houses gives you along with sharing photos and tracking what has been spent. I will be giving this a go for sure. Thank you.

    1. Hi, Janine! If it’s something you end up using, please visit again to let me know what you thought of it. Praying it works well for you and your ex.

  3. I am so glad I found this. I am just starting my journey as a single mom and there are so many things that are worrying me. Communication is a massive one and how we are going to arrange our time and special occasions without arguing. We seem to fight every time we talk or see each other. it really breaks my heart. I think one of these apps will really help us.

    1. Hi, Paula! I so glad you found my blog…I’m happy you’re here! Being a single mom is not going to be easy but it will be rewarding. Find a scripture verse that you can turn to with your worries and fears so that you may give them to the Lord. Ask God to soften your ex’s heart and maybe even your’s too. It’s hard when the split is fresh and the wounds are still very raw but I promise you, this is only a season. So try to find the little things in your day that make you happy as a mom and as a woman of God. Bless you!

  4. I can say how happy I am landing on this page. I think the tools listed will reduce the tension I always have with my baby father. He doesn’t take his responsibility as my kid’s father seriously. Always complaining about not having time. I’ll have to make use of this communication tool especially coparently, I like the interface better. Thanks for this info. I’m happy!

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