A lot of people may think that a divorce is the worst thing that can happen to separated parents. If you’re trying to build a better relationship with your ex and want to co-parent your children better, here is a list of the best 29 co-parenting apps proven for divorced couples. These co-parenting apps are great for helping divorced parents (or any separated parents for that matter) manage their time, schedule, child care, education, finances, and a whole lot more.
We will discuss why using co-parent apps is helpful to ex-couples, separated parents, children and teenagers and married couples.
This research will save you a lot of time.
We have provided an extensive list of 29 apps, some available on mobiles, while others are only available on desktop computers. We have spent hours researching these apps and have provided a pdf download (bottom of this page) especially for you. This in itself will save you hours of surfing the web trying to figure out the best co-parent apps. If you don’t have the time to read this post, then scroll to the bottom and download the one-page pdf.
We decided to include apps from all over the world and not just Australia.
Some are free co-parenting apps, while others charge a fee. Don’t let the free aspect fool you into thinking it’s poor quality – far from it. Most are comprehensive and provide quality content with the aim of making co-parenting fun.
We dived deep into these co-parenting apps, reading customer reviews and analysing traffic volume to their websites. We did this to try to understand which apps were 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 29 Best Co-Parenting Apps
How to help your children cope with a divorce
In a time when divorce rates are at an all-time high, it is more important than ever for parents to work together to raise their children. While co-parenting can often be a difficult task for single parents, divorce creates even more difficulties. This article will provide information on what we believe are 29 of the best co-parenting apps on how to help your children cope with the pain of divorce. Whether kids are involved or not, these co-parenting apps can help broken couples navigate through the complex maze of divorce or separated parents.
Shanahan Family Law believes we all deserve a second chance. These apps can help in improving the quality of your life.
1. The basics: co-parenting apps 101
We’ve compiled a list of the best co-parenting apps. These apps are designed with divorced parents in mind.
Divorces and co-parenting in Australia are on the rise since COVID-19. The first step parents need to take before thinking about pursuing a new relationship is to focus on improving the way they communicate with their ex-partner and children. In other words, if you want to have your say and be heard in a co-parenting relationship, you should consider adding a good set of tools that will help facilitate those conversations.
What is co-parenting and how can it help you?
Co-parenting is a process in which parents share decision-making and parenting responsibilities equally. It can be done in one of two ways: jointly or independently. The latter is the most common choice. However, it is possible to have joint custody where both parents are involved in co-parenting decisions. The main benefit of co-parenting is the ability to achieve the most beneficial outcomes for the child. This includes maintaining a positive relationship between the child and each parent and establishing a shared sense of identity for the child. In most cases, it’s the best way to raise your child.
A great place to start? Best Co-parenting app, so many options available, each with its pros and cons.
2. Co-parenting apps: Do they work?
Without a doubt, yes. We have received plenty of feedback from past co-parents and recently mentioned this in our ‘How to communicate effectively during the holidays’ blog. A client recommends the free Coparenta app for its simplicity and ease of use for scheduling the care of their children.
Co-parenting apps and services are available to help new co-parents cope with the stresses of co-parenting, and some are more effective than others. A study of these apps found that the most effective were those that provide information and support to parents.
3. What to look for in a good parenting app
It really depends on your circumstances, whether those be related to your finances, having children, or your knowledge of how to co-parent in a way that will benefit all parties affected by divorce.
The best co-parenting apps are the ones that make co-parents feel empowered. The key here is to avoid feeling like you need to be guided through every step of your child’s day. This is where most apps fail. The best apps give parents the tools and insight to be more independent and self-reliant. Teaching co-parents how to become the best parents they can be while still making the best choices for their children.
A tip is to read the reviews and take note of the number of downloads, which we have provided in our pdf download below.
Ok, now we are going to share the best of the best co-parenting apps for 2022.
4. Which co-parenting app is best for communication and finances?
Many people have chosen the “I am an outsider” approach to the world of divorce (and the ensuing custody battle). There are many co-parenting communication tools that make divorce a much more manageable process. A quick search online can show you which co-parenting apps are the best for divorced co-parents. Are you looking for a way to communicate better with your ex, keep them happy, manage your finances fairly, or simply make sure 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.
Primary Purpose: Scheduling, shared calendar
Coparenta is a simple website that gives you the ability to communicate effectively. Stay on the same page by createing custom child custody schedules. Easy to set up upcoming events and share with your ex-partner and children through co-parenting.
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Nothing complex about this co-parenting app, but it does make it easy to schedule care of your children between ex-partners. You can create custom, shared or main custody of children for years in advance, which can be viewed online or printed out as a pdf. We like this app for scheduling. Rating: 3.5 stars.
4.2 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 your desktop, then we recommend Time Tree. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: Custody schedule, shared calendar, To-Do Lists, Shopping Lists and Recipes.
Cozi is primarily a communication app and offers a small component of education with its recipe box and dinner planner feature.
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Cozi is another popular co-parents scheduling app with 1 million-plus downloads, offering 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 primarily on communication, then look no further than Cozi. Rating: 4 stars.
4.4 We Parent
Primary Purpose: Custody schedules, shared calendar, events and appointments, Secure messaging, lists, contacts, notes, documents, and photos.
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At 5,000 downloads, we can’t say that Weparent is a popular co-parenting scheduling app. We think Weparent deserves 3.5 stars. If you are looking for an affordable, low-cost custody schedule app, we still recommend Weparent, although if cost is a factor, we believe there are better apps being offered for free. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Primary Purpose: Custody Schedules, shared calendar, Planner, Email, Journal.
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With more than 50,000 downloads, you would think this is a popular custody schedule app, although some of their online feedback is harsh. One user claimed their app was a scam because the 30-day trial instantly charged their account.
Copilots offer a free 30-day trial and following this the paid version starts from $7.49 per month to $49 for 12 months. Rating: 3.5 stars.
4.6 My Mob
Primary Purpose: Messaging, Events, Scheduling, family calendar, Education.
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Unfortunately, Mymob is not available on new smartphones, which I’m guessing would be for most people. Sadly, Android apps need to be updated, and this costs a lot of time and money to manage. The app is run by not for profits StepFamily and Drummond street Services, 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 free and has had over 1,000 Android downloads. Mymob is an Australian app. Rating: 2.5 stars.
4.7 Baby Connect
Primary Purpose: Babies, tracking, reports, organise schedules.
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Baby Connect is aimed at providing better care for your baby. It has more than 200,000 downloads and an average review of 4.8 from more than 15,000 users, not bad for a co-parents app. They offer a free 7-day trial with paid plans starting at $6.49 to $20.99 per month. Well worth a review if you have a baby in the family. We could envisage this co-parenting app being great to use for parents when sharing custody. This would help each co-parent to understand the sleeping and eating patterns of their newborn. This would assist with transitions. Rating: 4 stars
Primary Purpose: Messaging, Events, Storage, Security.
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We weren’t overly impressed with Divvito. It lacked features, and the design was simple. Divvito offers a free version and an enhanced version ranging from $95.99 to $399.99. The best we could think of is its ability to store messages and security features, although 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
Primary Purpose: calculator for finances, education
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It’s technically not a co-parenting app, but it is handy if you’re trying to understand child support. This falls under the educational category. Since we are based on the Sunshine Coast, this website focuses on Australia, which is handy for Australian residents. Rating: 3.5 stars.
4.10 Our Children
Primary Purpose: messaging portal, scheduling, child related expenses tracking, custody calendar.
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Our Children was created in Australia and offers simple but handy options to communicate with your partner through tracking your finances and a calendar of events for scheduling child custody. The simplicity of this app makes it easy for family members to stay on the same page. They offer a 30-day free trial with the option to continue and pay $15 per month or $150 for 12 months AUD. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Primary Purpose: Custody Calendar, scheduling, child related expenses tracking, messaging, document storage, reports.
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Fayr’s co-parenting website states Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, the actor) is their Head Advisor. Not sure what that would entail. Fayr has had around 10,000 downloads with no reviews, which seems a little odd. Paid version from $9.99 to USD $99 for 12 months. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Primary Purpose: Expense tracking, events calendar, messaging, scheduling, notes.
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Unable to use this co-parenting app because it was telling us it wasn’t compatible with our Samsung Note 10 plus smartphone. A free version is offered. Paid from $4.99 to USD 8.99 per month. Rating: 3.5 stars.
4.13 Talking Parents
Primary Purpose: Secure video calling, expense tracking, messaging, custody calendar, scheduling.
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The first thing that caught our attention was the discrepancy in their feature page. At the top, it states a 4.1 average rating and 556,000 downloads for Apple and Android. We checked this out and their average rating on Google is 2.6 and their downloads are 100,000. Ummm, I smell something off here. Based on some of the feedback, it appears this app is being ruled by family courts for ex-partners to use this co-parenting app, which might explain some of the negative comments. That said, the interface of the app looks great, and that is as far as we went. A free version is offered. Paid from $9.99 to USD $374 per year. We liked some of the security features, although most smartphones can do exactly what they offer. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Primary Purpose: Calendar, scheduling, messaging, expense tracking, social network.
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We were excited to download this co-parenting app as it was 100% free and looked great for family members. As we had thought, the expense tracking version was not offered in Australia. Something to do with Ipayou, which must be the software they use to manage this. Besides that, the design and ease of use were excellent. How can you go wrong with something that is 100% free? They’ve had around 100,000 downloads on Android and an average review of 4.1, not too bad. It was aimed at the American market. Rating: 3.5 stars because we couldn’t use all the features of this app.
4.15 Our Family Wizard
Primary Purpose: scheduling, expense tracking, case management.
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We were underwhelmed when reviewing this app, another court-approved app with a rating of 2 from 5,000 users. We wondered whether parents are being ruled by the courts to use these apps. Does this explain the low rating? They have had approximately 100,000 downloads despite their marketing claiming 1 million uses. Is this another Ummm moment? Free trial and a paid version from $130 to $270. Rating: 3.5 stars, and I think, based on real user feedback, this is being generous.
4.16 Custody Junction
Primary Purpose: child related expense tracking, scheduling, reporting.
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A very simple and affordable tool, offering family members a free 30-day trial or USD $47 for 12 months. No app, provided website access only. Rating: 3 stars.
Primary Purpose: Calendar, events, scheduling, expense tracking, journal.
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We were looking forward to reviewing this app as it looked a little similar to coparenta.com but better. We ended up being disappointed to read 2-star reviews on Google. It seems the USD $150 per year is a little expensive for such simple, poorly designed software that has had around 50,000 downloads by Android users. Make up your own mind. Rating: 3 stars.
4.18 Fam Cal
Primary Purpose: Calendar, shopping, create to do lists, memos, events, export.
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Pleasantly surprised with Fam Cal, all about the family connection and managing day to day family life. It is very easy to navigate and has an above-average design. It offers a limited free version and a paid gold subscription for $7.49 per month or AUD $36.99 for 12 months, or $91.99 for a lifetime. I think the lifetime offer could be a winner for many. They also offer a 7-day trial. 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.
4.19 Alimentor 2
Primary Purpose: Scheduling, parent tracking, expense tracking, reports
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We were unable to properly review Alimentor as we had no access to an Apple device. The app only supports iOS 12.4 or later. It appears the app is set up to support court reporting as their opening statement on the homepage reads ‘Child Custody Calendar App with Court Admissible Reports’. Free trial offered with a one-time fee of $3.99 or Mac $9.99. We have not given this a rating due to having no access to an iOS device to review it.
4.20 Family Wall
Primary Purpose: To-do lists, calendar, meals, recipes and timetable.
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We liked this app because it had a very simple interface and was easy to navigate. The visual design of the app looked sharp as well. Free version and a 30-day free trial. paid $6.99 per month or AUD $66.99 per year. It received 1 million-plus downloads and a 4.6 rating from 18,000 Android users. Rating: 4.5 stars.
Final outcome of communication and financial apps
One of the most effective ways to communicate a clear message is to create a contrast between what you say and what you don’t say. In other words, 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’m pretty sure they already know this. Communicating through apps is a great way to track all conversations. If you are having difficulties communicating and still can’t find the right app, speak with our family law professionals team and we can work with you to find the best app for your circumstances.
5. What is the most popular educational co-parenting apps?
We are excited to share the below educational apps. Past clients have recommended some of these very helpful educational co-parenting apps. No excuses either, because some of the best are free from not for profit organisations. Apps like the ones we’ve highlighted below are some of the most popular in their respective categories, but which apps are the most popular? Read on to find out. Don’t forget, we have provided a pdf version of this article. Add your details below to receive a copy.
Primary Purpose: Coaching, a film about divorce, help for kids and parents, life after divorce.
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This website is run by Christina McGhee, who is a co-parenting coach, speaker, and writer. Christina is from America and provides some great free and paid resources. Offering coaching, written or video formats, take your pick. No app offers her services on divorceandchildren.com. It offers free downloads and coaching for a fee, pricing can vary. A little on the high side, but as they say, you get what you pay for. Rating: 4 stars.
5.2 Raising Children
Primary Purpose: Covers all areas of raising children, great website.
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Considering this is a free resource and funded by the Australian Government, we are impressed with the online co-parenting resources provided here. Raising Children has three member organisations who also contribute they are the Parent Research Centre, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Institute. If you’re looking for resources that cover all areas of parenting, then look no further than Raising Children. We highly recommend them. For pro tip: when you are trying to find something specific, navigate to the search bar at the top and type in, for example, “co-parenting” and you’ll see displayed a list of resources to choose from. Rating: 5 Stars!
Primary Purpose: children and parenting relationships
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We first found out about this app through a client who recommended it to us. 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 highly recommend this app for its simple design, easy navigation, and ultimately for its quality content backed by plenty of science. The fact that this app is free is amazing. 100% free, with very helpful content. Two apps are available; The Happy Children Parenting app and In Love While Parenting. Rating: 5 stars!
Primary Purpose: children and teenagers parenting online and in-person education.
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Matt Saunders is the founder of Triple P Parenting and has done an amazing job of creating these free courses. According to their website, the United Nations ranks Triple P as the number one parenting program in the world. based on research and evidence. 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 and has done so as part of its commitment to supporting families across the state. We highly 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.
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A course aimed at parents looking to improve the way they parent their children. If their 4.9 feedback rating on Google is anything to go by, then you might want to find out more about their courses. It appears you can learn via their website or app, which has received more than 50,000 downloads. Free courses are offered and paid from $221 to USD 350. Rating: 4 stars.
Primary Purpose: Mindful parenting app.
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We tried to sign up for this app on a Samsung Note 10 Plus, managed to login, but it stalled on the last page where it asked you a series of questions. It is a shame as we were looking forward to diving more into this app. If it’s any consolidation, they’ve had a good amount of positive press with the media. Free version. Paid from $14.99 to $20.99 per month. The app has received 10,000 downloads with a rating of 4.6 from 259 reviews. Rating: 1 star (could not be reviewed)
5.8 Parent Lab
Primary Purpose: evidence-based parent training, all about family life.
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We were pleasantly surprised with Parent Lab. The app has received more than 100,000 downloads and not one review, which was a bit surprising. They offered several free courses, which is great as it gives you a feel for what they offer. You can learn through audio or reading. It offers parent coaching and the ability to ask parenting questions in a community, which is a pretty neat feature. 7-day free trial Paid subscription from AUD 19.99 per month or $99 for 12 months. Rating: 4 stars.
5.9 Hello Weldon
Primary Purpose: Mental health, wellbeing, evidence-based training.
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100% free. This is a very simple and easy to navigate app that provides a great number of courses on co-parenting and child-specific courses. You can enter what they call “channels,” where you can participate in group chats that are moderated by co-parenting experts. 100,000 downloads and a 4.7 rating from 523 Android users. Rating: 4.5 stars.
5.10 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? When you download the app, you will be greeted with the words “A development expert in your pocket”. The app states they have helped more than 7 million families. You can connect with experts, create a daily program personalised to your needs, and dive deep into 67 co-parenting courses. Mostly, this co-parenting app is aimed at the development of babies. A free version is offered. Paid from AUD 29.99 per month or AUD 179.99 for 12 months. Rating: 4 stars.
6. Best co-parenting apps in Australia and the world
There are lots of apps out there that claim to teach your kids how to behave, and some of them do a pretty good job of it. But they’re missing the one thing that’s more important than behaviour — relationships. I’m talking about love, kindness, empathy, and compassion. And when we teach our children to value these things, they grow up to become well-adjusted, responsible, and loving adults. Co-parenting app plays an important role in this.
7. Get Co-Parenting Help
If you’re still struggling or being abused by your ex-partner or children, we strongly advise you to seek immediate professional help. If you feel your life is in danger contact the police on 000 or call Parentline on 1300-30-1300 for more help.
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