After a divorce, one of the hardest changes can be the transition to co-parenting. Depending on how your relationship ended, co-parenting with your ex might sound exhausting.
Both sides may walk on eggshells for years, even in a perfectly amicable divorce. It may be awkward to talk to your ex-- but when you co-parent, communication is a necessary part of life. With another school year in full swing, sharing schedules, supplies, and sports can feel like taking on another full-time job.
Fortunately, technology now allows exes to parent without hurt feelings or awkward small talk. Here are a few apps that are making parents' lives easier:
Our Family Wizard
Our Family Wizard has been helping communication between partners for over 15 years. Featuring a shared calendar, expense trackers, and requests for parenting time or reimbursements, Our Family Wizard takes a lot of the drama out of co-parenting.
Even better, it features a secured message board that tracks communication between parents. These messages can never be altered or deleted. OFW takes the "he said, she said" out of co-parenting.
A lot like Our Family Wizard, 2houses features a shared co-parenting calendar. The calendar automatically syncs between parents' phones. It also offers shared to-do and supply lists for things like back-to-school events or science fairs.
2houses also lets parents share a child's medical information. This makes sure no appointments slip through the cracks. The app also has a shared photo album, allowing parents to easily share pictures without the need to text.
Custody Connection aims to cut the small talk and missed connections between parents. The app features a shared calendar that allows you to request custody day swaps. It also has a tracking feature that keeps track of how many custody days you've had throughout the year.
These are just a few of the apps available to parents who are getting used to a new aspect of a divorce. They can help keep communication lines open, and allow you to establish a parental relationship with your ex-partner.
If you have any questions around co-parenting or the divorce process in general, a skilled family law attorney can help.