Let’s talk about the best co-parenting apps and software in 2020.
There is an app for everything nowadays. Some verge on the ridiculous yet some are incredibly helpful. For this reason, you won’t be surprised to discover there are several great apps specifically for co-parenting.
Depending on the relationship between the parents, most co-parenting situations will eventually reach a comfortable balance. However in some cases, especially if there is tension, disagreement or non-compliance from either parent, it can turn everyday-living into a rollercoaster ride for everyone involved, especially and sadly, our children.
Children need stability, calm and security as they grow-up. And not just with the big things like which house they’ll be sleeping at, but also the little things, like knowing their school excursion note will be signed-off. The concern of these parental jobs is not their burden and it’s our role as parents to have it covered, allowing our kids to be kids.
Due to their capacity to synchronise, co-parenting apps can alleviate the need for communication about menial matters. And it’s often the menial matters that cause the disagreements which hamper co-parenting harmony. So these apps can actually reduce conflict, which can only be a good thing.
Let’s take a look at what co-parenting apps are available on the market at the moment.
THE BEST CO-PARENTING APPS & SOFTWARE IN 2020
The Our Family Wizard app was created by a divorced couple who were in need of better communication and sharing of information regarding their children (hat’s off to a couple who can create an app post-divorce!) The end result is the most extensive co-parenting app available with an array of tools that schedule child custody, track parenting time, share information and manage expenses. It also logs communication to provide an accurate record for divorce proceedings. Part of the main Our Family Wizard website, it suggests useful resources such as counselling and divorce lawyers.
Free version: 30-day money back guarantee
Cost of app: Plans start at $99 (1 or 2 year subscriptions), bundled packages start at $119.97
Best features: Easily work with third parties and professionals
Pros: 30-day money back guarantee, free access to legal and mental health professionals
Cons: Calendar and scheduling features can take some getting used to.
You will love this app if: You are happy to pay a reasonable cost for an app that has extensive, interactive co-parenting support and tools, which genuinely helps you to be the best co-parent you can be.
One of simplest, feature-packed apps we looked at is Cozi. Although not specifically designed for co-parenting, it has everything a co-parenting couple would need, and more. With Cozi you can set-up shared calendars, create to-do lists and share photos. It even allows you to store and share favourite recipes, which is handy to keep meals consistent and deal with food allergies across two homes.
Free version: Yes, free with ads
Cost of app: Ad-free version (Cozi Gold) for $29.99 per year
Best features: Free version, easy to use family organizer
Pros: Free to use, one account for all family members, features recipes and grocery lists
Cons: Occasional glitches, ads can be annoying on the free version
You will love this app if: You want something super-easy to operate which has heaps of cool features on a fresh, clean interface. Also, as it’s free, you can try it and see whether it works for you and your ex, without outlay.
WeParent is an excellent time management and tracking app designed for divorced and separated co-parents. Manage your custody schedules and appointments, send messages to your private group, and organize contacts, lists, photos and documents all from one app. We suggest taking full advantage of the 14-day free trial before committing to the monthly fee, as some users report errors that can make the app unusable.
Free version: Free for 14 days
Cost of app: $9.99 per month
Best features: Fully featured scheduling, tracking and messaging app for co-parents
Pros: One subscription for the entire family plus support team (lawyers, counselors, etc.), great customer service
Cons: Reviewers report bugs and errors
You will love this app if: You need an all-in-one scheduling and tracking tool.
The FamCal app has a host of features to improve family connection, so although it is not exclusively for co-parents, it can certainly be used by them. It has a shared calendar which allows every member of the family to share dates, event, schedules, tasks and notes in one place. It keeps things particularly easy with visuals such as colour codes for each family member. The app is available for both Android and iOS users, and the basic version is free.
Free version: Yes
Cost of app: $4.99/month, $9.99/quarter or $23.99/year
Best features: Free app, shared family calendar with notifications, memos and tasks
Pros: Easy to use family calendar with useful add-ons like tasks and lists
Cons: Free app is very basic, you have to pay for additional features like text month view, shared contacts and birthday/anniversary tracking
You will love this app if: You have a large family or group to organise where lots of people need to be connected and updated. Also handy if you respond to visuals with colour.
2houses offers a great suite of features for every aspect of co-parenting. This co-parenting software covers the practicalities with an advanced management calendar and detailed expense recording. It also houses an extensive information sharing feature called 2houses Journal. The idea is that even if your children are with the other parent you’ll never feel far away as it allows the sharing of news, photos, videos and even those endearing children’s quotes. Another nice touch is the Wish List on which you can send a photo and discuss a future gift for your child.
Free version: Free 14-day trial
Cost of app: $6.49/month or $77.88 every 12 months
Best features: Scheduling tool with finance and messaging features
Pros: One account for the whole family
Cons: Reviewers report glitches and auto-renewals
You will love this app if: You are looking to streamline the practicality of co-parenting, as well as working with their father to further enhance the well-being of your children.
A straight-forward and reputedly easy-to-use app, Custody Connection is based around a primary calendar programmed with a synchronised custody schedule. It can be customised for easy viewing and has an ultra-handy Trade Request Feature should parents need to swap custody days. Avoid disputes as the app records whether requests are accepted or declined, then updates both parent’s calendars accordingly.
Free version: Free for 30 days
Cost of app: $2.99 (basic version), $38.99 per year
Best features: Scheduling app
Pros: Shared calendar, scheduling changes can be done through the app
Cons: Only avaialable on the iPhone, hard to contact customer service
You will love this app if: You and/or your ex-partner have busy schedules that are liable to change and affect the care of your children.
Another app that’s a hit with separated/divorced families is Coparently, which has all the tools you need to make co-parenting less stressful. Coparently features a shared calendar, journal, expenses, contacts, medical info, documents and photos. We like that you can add your kids to your account so you can communicate with each other directly. Coparently also supports notifications and free guest, child and professional accounts. This app is a great coparenting tool, but each parent has to pay separate monthly fees.Free version: Free for 30 days
Cost of app: $9.99 per month or $99/year per parent
Best features: All-in-one co-parenting app
Pros: Custom calendar that improves transparency and communication for parents and family law professionals
Cons: Separate monthly fee for each parent
You will love this app if: You are co-parenting and working with family law professionals and counselors.
The nifty Parentship app takes the pain out of managing your children’s crazy and complicated schedules. This app is for all kinds of families, including step families, commuter families, joint custody arrangements and relative-led care. We love the custom calendar feature that makes scheduling so much easier as well as keeping track of important documents and expenses. Parentship lets both parents avoid friction and communicate better so they can focus on the kids.
Free version: Free 1 month trial
Cost of app: $3.99 per month and $39.99 annually
Best features: Everything you need is located on one dashboard
Pros: Lots of features, custom calendars, document tracking
Cons: You need to pay $3.99 to get all features
You will love this app if: You’re a frazzled mum who wants to streamline your kids’ schedules
So there you have it, eight co-parenting apps (and co-parenting software). If you feel your co-parenting style needs improving or you want to create a little more harmony with your ex-partner, why not give one a go?
Anything that helps communication and organisation will only improve the well-being and happiness of your children.