Learning how to communicate with your ex effectively is essential to consistent co-parenting. Yet it can be challenging to figure out what types of communication work best for each situation. If you haven't tried online communication tools yet, they could be your saving grace! Give these top-rated co-parenting communication tools a try.
5 Top Online Communication Tools for Co-Parents
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Coparently offers online and mobile communication tools to help co-parents improve calendaring issues, communicate more clearly, track shared expenses, and store accurate, up-to-date contact information. The solution costs $99 per year, per parent, or $9.99 per month. Again, that's per-parent pricing, which adds up. On the plus side, the solution's clear interface may mean that you'll both be more likely to use it on a regular basis.
- Coparently offers a 30-day free trial; give... it a go and see if it works for you
- Add your kids to the account so they can use it to communicate with each of you about forgotten items, scheduling requests, and more
- Add the app to your phone for anywhere access to important medical information, including prescription history and contacts information for each of your kids' doctors
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Our Family Wizard® is an online tool designed specifically for co-parenting families. It allows parents to manage all aspects of their shared parenting agreement online and in one place, from calendars to expenses. The company even offers Apple and Android apps for easy communication on the go.
The cost is $99 per parent per year, and child accounts are free. Subscribers gain access to a full set of co-parenting tools, from color coded child custody calendars, to shared visitation schedules,... secure messaging, family information storage (for things like immunization records), shared expense payment and management, and more.
According to the company, judges in over 45 U.S states and four Canadian provinces have ordered families to utilize the site in high-conflict child custody disputes.
- Activate the apps
- Share your account with your ex
- Leverage the expense tracking features
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Cozi is a free online calendar program that's ideal for co-parenting communication. In addition to shared calendar pages, it also offers free mobile options, shopping lists, meal planning, to do lists, and more.
- Activate the mobile app
- Create a separate kids' calendar and share it with your ex
- Try Cozi Gold (at $19.99 per year) for an ad-free experience
- Use the family journal to track your youngsters' milestones
- Use the to-do lists to track homework assignments and long-term school... projects
- Activate reminders
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Google Calendar is another convenient way to coordinate schedules with your ex. Simply create a calendar and share editing permissions with him/her. Note that you can also schedule regular events, like weekly visits, to repeat automatically.
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- Create a separate Google calendar for your kids' activities
- Share the calendar with your ex
- Grant your ex editing rights if you want him or her to made modifications
- Create automatic reminders and regularly repeating events
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Talking Parents is a different type of online communication tool for co-parents. It's designed to create a system-of-record for all of your communications, in the event that either you or your ex need to supply proof of correspondence to the courts. The tool is free to use, but downloading a record of your communications costs $3.99 per download or $4.99 per month.
- Talking Parents can be helpful for parents with a history of conflict
- It provides a secure system of record
- Talking Parents... also offers a location-based search tool for parents looking for a family lawyer
Use Online Co-parenting Tools to Your Advantage
Remember that the tools you select will only work for you if you use them. So give each one a try for at least a week before making a final decision. And be sure to choose an option that works for your ex, too. The idea is to use your online co-parenting tool of choice to improve the frequency, quality, and convenience of your ongoing communication. So don't settle for something that isn't working for you or is too complicated to use.