If you have gone through a divorce in Washington State and have kids, or even if you have ended a non-marital relationship with kids, it is in your children’s best interests to figure out a way to co-parent with your ex-spouse. Fortunately, co-parenting apps are available to help you out. A Washington State child custody lawyer can teach you about these apps and provide co-parenting resources to help you raise your kids with your former spouse and avoid conflict.
Divorce Lawyers For Men has a team of family lawyers in place who are here to help you deal with the challenges of divorce. To learn more, please reach out to us. We can provide you with details about the best co-parenting apps and help you navigate the ins and outs of moving on from your divorce.
Our top picks for co-parenting apps
Many co-parenting apps are available. Each has its respective pros and cons. You can even download a free co-parenting app.
Here are five of the top options for co-parenting apps to download after a divorce.
With OurFamilyWizard, you can easily view your parenting schedule and shared expenses. You can use the app to communicate with your former spouse and make sure everything is on the record. Also, OurFamilyWizard offers a ToneMeter that lets you evaluate the tone of your messages before you send them.
You can try OurFamilyWizard free for 30 days. After the trial period, you have the option of signing up for a monthly or annual subscription. The monthly subscription rate ranges from $12 to $17, while an annual subscription costs anywhere from $144 to $204.
Family law professionals and courts across the United States recommend AppClose for co-parenting. AppClose lets you maintain multi-functional calendars that make it simple to track parenting time. It provides messenger and audio and video calling options as well.
AppClose is available for free. The app does not require any monthly charges or subscription fees. You can download the app on your iOS or Android device and start using it in just seconds.
The WeParent app promotes stress-free co-parenting. It takes the guesswork out of managing parenting schedules, expenses, and messaging between parents. By doing so, it helps co-parents stay on the same page.
WeParent comes with a 14-day free trial. After that, you can pay $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Or, if you want the app for your entire life, you can pay a one-time fee of $199.99 for it.
Thanks to Custody Connection, you and your ex-spouse can access a cloud-based custody calendar at any time. The calendar can include details about your kids’ whereabouts and who is caring for them at different times during the week. If you ever update the calendar, your former spouse is notified, and vice versa.
You do not have to pay anything to use Custody Connection. The app is easily accessible on the App Store. However, the app is only available to iOS users.
If you want an app that focuses on co-parenting and family organization, Cozi may be the right choice for you. The app lets you and your ex-spouse put all of your kids’ activities and events in one place. It also lets you set up to-do lists and reminders.
You can start using Cozi for free, and the complimentary version of the app gives you access to a family calendar and other features. Keep in mind that the free version of the app does include ads, which can be frustrating at times. If you want to avoid the ads and get additional features, you can pay for a Cozi subscription that applies to all family members on your account and costs $29.99 per year.
How can you and your ex-spouse decide on a co-parenting app?
Using a co-parenting app can be incorporated into your divorce agreement. For example, you can negotiate a divorce agreement in which the use of a co-parenting app is required. Both you and your former spouse must agree to use the app for communications relating to your children.
Some co-parenting apps allow for attorney or court monitoring, which can be particularly helpful in cases of especially contentious relationships between parents. Most help manage parental accountability to some degree.
Your attorney can provide you with legal resources relating to co-parenting apps. In addition, your attorney can share details about different apps for co-parenting and their experiences with these apps. This can help you decide on an app that lines up with the best interests of you and your kids.
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You do not necessarily have to use an app for co-parenting. Yet, an app can help you avoid the headaches of maintaining a parenting schedule and communicating with your former spouse. If you have concerns about your ex-spouse and want to simplify co-parenting with them, an app is a terrific option.
If you are on the fence about getting an app for co-parenting after your divorce, the team at Divorce Lawyers For Men can help you out. We can discuss the different co-parenting app options at your disposal and help you decide if you and your ex-spouse should use any of them.
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