After parents’ divorce, coordinating shared custody can be a recurring source of conflict. Online co-parenting tools help prevent stressful mix-ups and misunderstandings — and help parents avoid using their children as messengers. Here are three co-parenting sites to consider.
The 2houses website and app features a calendar of the custody schedule, appointments, and events. A financial management system shows who has paid what along with the balance owed and can generate reports as needed. Parents can securely upload medical and other documents. The communication portal allows non-deletable messaging between parents; children and professionals, such as a mediator, can be included. The site is free to use for the first 14 days, then costs $12.50 per month for the entire family, or $149.99 annually.
The dashboard for this tool includes a color-coded child custody and appointment calendar; the message board stresses the use of brief, child-focused communications. Coparently’s expense tracker shows the amounts and percentage of expenses each parent has contributed. Important documents and photos can be shared online, too. After a free 30-day trial, Coparently has a per-parent cost of $9.99 per month or $99 per year.
Our Family Wizard® was one of the first co-parenting tools available. In addition to scheduling, communications, and expense tracking, OFW® provides articles, tutorials, and regional resources. A family subscription is $99.00 for one year and $179.00 for two years, refundable within the first 30 days. OFW® offers a fee waiver program with discounted or free subscriptions for parents in financial need and for military families.
While communicating with a former spouse about the daily details of shared custody can be tricky, it is crucial that parents do so without putting the children in the middle. With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Raza & Jones, LLC, can help you manage the challenges of co-parenting. For questions, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 314-449-8830.