29 of the best co-parenting apps (updated for 2023)
Who has the time to read through 29 of the best co-parenting apps? We know most of our clients won’t, and we don’t expect you to. Skip to the best part and download a one-page pdf copy.
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Although don’t leave, keep reading because we reduced the list by choosing the 16 best co-parenting apps for you.
Many people may think that a divorce is the worst thing to happen to separated parents. Do you want a better co-parenting relationship with your ex? Here are the best 17 co-parenting apps for divorced couples. These apps help divorced parents manage time, custody schedules, child support, and more.
This research will save you a lot of time.
We have provided a list of 17 apps. Some apps are available on mobiles, while others are available on desktops. We spent hours researching these apps and have provided a pdf download (above and at the bottom of this page) for you. This pdf will save you hours surfing the web to figure out the best co-parent apps.
We decided to include apps from around the world, not only from Australia.
There are free co-parenting apps, while other co-parenting app charges a fee. Most are comprehensive and provide quality content to make co-parenting fun. Don’t let the free aspect fool you into thinking it’s poor quality – far from it.
We dived deep, reading customer reviews and analysing website traffic volume. This will help you understand which apps are the most popular for separated parents.
Strict in our reviews. We excluded three co-parenting apps for not redirecting or not having set up secure HTTPS.
For your reference, we have excluded, coparently, Partnership and custody connection:
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An Introduction to the 17 Best Co-Parenting Apps
How to help your children cope with a divorce
Divorce rates are at an all-time high, and parents must work together to raise their children. While co-parenting can often be challenging for single parents, divorce makes it more complicated. We will catalogue the 17 best co-parenting apps helping children cope with divorce.
Shanahan Family Law believes we all deserve a second chance. These apps can help in improving the quality of your life.
The basics: co-parenting app 101
We’ve compiled a list of the best co-parenting app. These apps’ designs have divorced parents in mind.
Divorces and co-parenting in Australia have been on the rise since COVID-19. First, a parent must focus on improving communication with their ex-partner and children. If you want your co-parenting partner to hear you, find a good set of tools to enable those conversations.
What is co-parenting, and how can it help you?
Co-parenting is a process in which parents have equal decision-making and parenting responsibilities. You can do this in two ways: together or by yourselves. The latter is the most common choice. But, joint custody parents can take on co-parenting decisions.
Co-parenting allows you to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for the child. Results include maintaining positive relationships with each parent and a shared identity. In most cases, it’s the best way to raise your child.
Co-parenting app: Do they work?
Without a doubt, yes. We have received much feedback from past co-parents. A client recommends the free Coparenta app. The client liked its simplicity and easy childcare scheduling. We mentioned this in our ‘How to communicate effectively during the holidays’ blog.
Co-parenting apps and services can help co-parents cope with the stresses of co-parenting. Some are more effective than others. A study showed that the most effective apps provided information and support to parents.
What to look for in a good parenting app
It depends on your circumstances. Circumstances may include finances and knowing how to co-parent for everyone’s benefit.
The best co-parenting apps are the ones that make co-parents feel empowered. The key here is to avoid feeling like someone must lead you through every step of your child’s day. This point is where most apps fail. The best apps give parents the tools and insight to be more independent and self-reliant. A great app teaches co-parents how to become the best parents possible for their children.
A tip is to read the reviews and take note of the number of downloads. We have provided this information in our pdf download below.
Ok, now we are going to share the best of the best co-parenting apps for 2022.
Which co-parenting app is best for communication and finances?
Many people choose the “I am an outsider” approach to divorce (and the ensuing custody battle). Many co-parenting communication tools make divorce a much more manageable process. A quick search online can show you which co-parenting app is the best for divorced parents. Are you looking for ways to communicate better with your ex? Keep them happy? Manage your finances? Ensure you don’t lose touch with your child. There’s a communication and finance app for that!
The below co-parenting apps are in no particular order.
1. Time Tree
Primary Purpose: Custody schedule, shared calendar
Bold quote by Time Tree” We wanted to create something that people would need to have. An app that when people looked back, they thought, how did I ever live without this thing?”. You can read about a few family cases here.
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Time Tree is a popular co-parents app with more than 5 million downloads. It’s easy to use, and the best part is that it’s free. If you’re looking for an app to create custom schedules on your phone or desktop, then we recommend Time Tree. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: Custody schedule, shared calendar, To-Do Lists, Shopping Lists and Recipes.
Cozi is a communication app. Cozi also offers a small education component with its recipe box and dinner planner.
Image source: Cozi.com
Cozi is another popular co-parent scheduling app with one million-plus downloads. Cozi has a free version and an affordable ad-free Gold subscription for USD 47.99 per year. If you are looking for an app that focuses on communication between co parents, look no further than Cozi. Rating: 4 stars.
3. Baby Connect
Primary Purpose: Babies, tracking, reports, organise schedules.
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Baby Connect aims to provide better care for your baby. The app has more than 200,000 downloads and an average review of 4.8 from more than 15,000 users. Not bad for a co-parenting app. They offer a free 7-day trial with paid plans starting at $6.49 to $20.99 monthly. Well worth a review if you have a baby in the family. This co-parenting app could be great for parents when sharing custody. The app would help each co-parent understand their newborn’s sleeping and eating patterns. This benefit would assist with transitions. Rating: 4 stars
4. Fam Cal
Primary Purpose: Calendar, shopping, creating to-do lists, memos, events, export.
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Fam Cal was a pleasant surprise and is all about family connection and managing day-to-day family life. It is straightforward to navigate and has an above-average design. Fam Cal offers a limited free version and a paid gold subscription fees of $7.49 per month or AUD 36.99 for 12 months. You can also pay $91.99 for a lifetime. They also offer a 7-day trial. The lifetime offer could be a winner for many. The app has had over 1 million downloads with an average rating of 4.2 from 6,000 Android users and 4.8 from 1,100 Apple users. Rating: 4 stars.
5. Family Wall
Primary Purpose: To-do lists, calendar, meals, recipes and timetable.
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We liked this app because it had a straightforward interface and was easy to navigate. The visual design of the app looked sharp as well. It received one million-plus downloads and a 4.6 rating from 18,000 Android users. Free version and has a 30-day free trial. Paid $6.99 per month or AUD 66.99 per year. Rating: 4.5 stars.
The outcome of communication and financial apps
One of the most effective ways to communicate a clear message is to contrast what you do and don’t say. When you want to be persuasive, say what you want your audience to hear and leave out the parts they may not like. Do you need to tell someone they are wrong? I think they already know this. Communicating through apps is a great way to track all conversations. Do you struggle to communicate and find the right app? Speak with our family law team, and we can work with you to find the best app for your circumstances.
What are the most popular educational co-parenting apps?
We’re excited to share the below educational apps. Past clients recommended some of these useful educational co-parenting apps. No excuses either because some of the best are free from not-for-profit organisations. Apps like those we’ve highlighted below are some of the most popular in their categories. But which apps are the most popular? Read on to find out. Remember, we have provided a pdf version of this article. Add your details below to receive a copy.
Primary Purpose: Coaching and a film about divorce. Also, help for kids and parents, and post-divorce life.
Image source: Divorceandchildren.com
Christina McGhee, a co-parenting coach, speaker, and writer, runs this website. Christina is from America and provides some great free and paid resources. Offering coaching, written or video formats, you can take your pick. No app offers better services than hers on divorceandchildren.com. You can download it free and receive paid coaching; pricing can vary. A little on the high side, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: Covers all areas of raising children, great website.
Image source: raisingchildren.net.au
We’re impressed with the online co-parenting resources for this free, Australian Government-funded app. Raising Children has three contributing member organisations: The Parent Research Centre, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Institute. For resources covering all parenting areas, look no further than Raising Children. We recommend them. Pro tip: For specific information, use the top search bar and type “co-parenting”, for example. You’ll see a list of resources that you can use. Rating: 5 Stars!
Primary Purpose: children and parenting relationships.
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We first learned about this app from a client who recommended it. It is a free co-parenting app provided by a Colorado non-profit research institute. Their “mission is to fund programs that show strong scientific evidence of having the largest positive impact on children”. We recommend this app. We like its simple design, easy navigation, and science-based quality content. The fact that this app is free is fantastic. 100% free, with valuable content. Two apps are available; The Happy Children Parenting app and In Love While Parenting. Rating: 5 stars!
Primary Purpose: Parenting children and teenagers, online and in-person education.
Image source: triplep-parenting.net.au
Matt Saunders, Triple P Parenting’s founder, did a great job creating these free courses. Their website says the UN ranks Triple P as the best parenting program worldwide. Triple P doesn’t tell you how to be a parent; it’s more about using their toolbox of ideas. The Queensland Government has funded the Triple P-Positive Parenting program. It has done so as part of its commitment to supporting families across the state. We recommend the Triple P Parenting courses. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: mental wellness, meditation and parenting tools.
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The app has received over 100,000 downloads from its Android users, with a 4.6 rating from 348. It offers a free 14-day trial. Paid from $14.99 per month or AUD 104.99 for 12 months. If you’re into mindfulness, do yourself a favour and check this app out. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: 7-step parenting program.
Image source: Positiveparentingsolutions.com
This product is a course aimed at parents looking to improve how they parent their children. Looking at their 4.9 feedback rating on Google, you should learn more about their courses. You can learn via their website or app, which has received more than 50,000 downloads. There are free courses and paid from $221 to USD 350. Rating: 4 stars.
12. Parent Lab
Primary Purpose: evidence-based parent training, all about family life.
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Parent Lab was a pleasant surprise. The app has received more than 100,000 downloads and not one review, which was surprising. Parent Lab provides several free courses, which is excellent as it gives you a feel for what they offer. You can learn through audio or reading. The app provides parental coaching and lets you ask parenting questions in a community. That was a neat feature. 7-day free trial Paid subscription from AUD 19.99 per month or $99 for 12 months. Rating: 4 stars.
13. Hello Weldon
Primary Purpose: Mental health, well-being, evidence-based training.
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This straightforward, easy-to-navigate app provides many co-parenting and child-specific courses. You can enter “channels,” where you engage in group chats run by co-parenting experts. 100,000 downloads and a 4.7 rating from 523 Android users. 100% free. Rating: 4.5 stars.
14. Baby Sparks
Primary Purpose: early development and tracking.
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Wait for it. Baby Sparks has had over 1 million downloads. What is all the fuss about, then? When you download the app, it will greet you with the words “A development expert in your pocket”. The app states they have helped more than 7 million families. You can talk to experts, create a daily program for your needs, and take 67 co-parenting courses. This co-parenting app focuses on the development of babies. The app has a free version. Paid from AUD 29.99 per month or AUD 179.99 for 12 months. Rating: 4 stars.
Co-parenting apps that left us wanting more
Now that we’ve listed our favourite apps, we’d like to mention some that were less impressive. After all, it’s helpful to identify what to avoid, not just what to look for in a co-parenting app.
Primary Purpose: Messaging, Events, Storage, Security.
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We weren’t too impressed with Divvito. It lacked features, and the design was simplistic. Divvito is a messaging platform that offers a free and enhanced version ranging from $95.99 to $399.99. The best we could think of is its ability to store messages and security features. But most smartphones can perform these features. We attempted to click on the app download links, but the results returned an error message. Rating: 2.5 stars
16. My Mob
Primary Purpose: Messaging, Events, Scheduling, family calendar, education.
Image source: Mymob.com
Unfortunately, MyMob is unavailable on new smartphones, which likely would affect most people. Android apps need updates, which take time and money to manage. Not-for-profits StepFamily and Drummond Street Services run the app. It’s a shame they haven’t been able to keep up with the technology due to limited funds or no ability to raise funds. MyMob is a messaging tool that is free and has had over 1,000 Android downloads. Mymob is an Australian app. Rating: 2.5 stars.
Primary Purpose: scheduling, expense tracking, case management.
Image source: Ourfamilywizard.com
Our Family Wizard underwhelmed us in our review. This app is another court-approved app with a rating of 2 from 5,000 users. We wondered whether the courts require parents to use these apps. Does this explain the low rating? The app has about 100,000 downloads despite their marketing claiming 1 million users. Is this another Ummm moment? Free trial and a paid version from $130 to $270. Rating: 3.5 stars, and, based on honest user feedback, this is being generous.
Best co-parenting apps in Australia and the world
Many apps out there claim to teach your kids how to behave, and some do a pretty good job. Although missing in these apps is one more important thing than behaviour — relationships. We are talking about love, kindness, empathy, and compassion. Teaching our children these things will make them well-adjusted, responsible, and loving adults. Co-parenting app play an essential role in this.
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