Welcome back and thanks for joining us. Here at The Kronzek Firm we’ve been talking about the challenges faced by parents who co-parent after their divorces, and what could be done to make that easier for them. One option is using apps and websites to track communications and make dialogue more fluid, and also allow for easy storage and retrieval of important information. In you remember from our last article, we shared two very popular apps with you – 2Houses and OurFamilyWizard, but those certainly aren’t the only ones that can streamline the co-parenting process for you.
What it offers: Coparently is designed to provide everything a parent could need to organize their kid’s schedules and information. In addition, kids can be added to the account (without having access to all that other stuff) so they can communicate with their parents.
- Color-coded custody calendars
- Secure messaging
- Shared expense records
- Online contact list for all important contacts (like doctors, dentists, babysitters, etc…)
- Free access for other family members and caregivers
What it costs: $9.99 per month or $99 per year, per parent
Check it out: http://coparently.com/
The Family Core:
What it offers: Although The Family Core is used widely by divorced parents who share custody of their kids, this app can be used by any family with children. It has a ton of great features to help parents stay organized, and can even be structured to allow a current spouse access as a co-admin, while still allowing an ex access to all the information pertaining to only their child.
- A secure chat and messaging platform
- Geolocation of family members
- Document scanning and storage
- Color-coded calendars
- Info bank where parents can track medical info like vaccinations, doctors visits and insurance information
- A full profile for each family member with all relevant data
- Reminders and alerts for drop offs, pick up, appointments and extra-curricular activities
What it costs: Online registration required for pricing information
Check it out: http://www.thefamilycore.com/
If you would rather not pay for an app
We get it – life is full of unforseen expenses and you just don’t want to be saddled with one more monthly cost that’s going to eat into your budget. So if you’re looking for a way to keep track of your kids schedule and communicate with your ex about your children, there are some free options if you’re okay with a more barebones approach. These include:
- The Google Calendar (basic, free, and shareable with multiple others)
- The Cozi app (the free version includes some great features, but the app can be upgraded to a premium version for a small cost)
- Talkingparents (the website is free to use, the mobile app requires a monthly payment of $5.99 with add-ons available)
Working out the right custody agreement takes experience
Whether you live in Brighton, Detroit, Royal Oak, or Troy, if you’re a parent who wants to stay engaged, organized, and aware, there’s an app for that. But when it comes to figuring out the mechanics of child custody during a divorce, you’re going to need a lot more than a few apps. But don’t worry – there’s a lawyer for that! In fact, we have lots of family law attorneys at The Kronzek Firm.
Here at The Kronzek Firm, our skilled and experienced family law attorneys can explain all of your custody questions and concerns, and help you navigate the process. If you’re trying to modify your own parenting time schedule, or simply keep your ex from changing it, you’re going to need help. So call us today at (248) 479-6200. We’re here 24/7 to help you work through all your family legal concerns. We’ve helped thousands of clients during the past decades. We can help you too.