Family Communication Apps

2houses

14 -day free trial, then $12.49 per month / $149.88 per year

Platform: iOS, Android

Features:

  • Co-parenting calendars
  • Customizable parenting arrangements
  • Sync with personal calendar
  • Share with various 3rd parties
  • Finance management
  • Secure messaging
  • Store important information and documents

Pros:

  • One account for both parents
  • Preprogrammed or customizable schedules
  • Request option to make changes
  • Create wish lists for children
  • Create & export financial reports
  • Messages can’t be deleted and can be archived

 

AppClose

Free to use

Platform: iOS, Android

Features:

  • Multi-functional calendars to track parenting time and personal events
  • In-app messaging (group chat or one-on-one)
  • Submit expense requests
  • In-app payment option for easy tracking
  • Export records easily
  • Share with legal professionals

Pros:

  • Unalterable messaging that can’t be deleted
  • Easily check status of reimbursement requests
  • Include step-parents, childcare providers and others
  • Export records for free
  • Free
  • 24/7 customer support

 

CoParently

30- day free trial, then $9.99 per month / $99.00 per year

Platform: Many

Features:

  • Colour-coded calendars
  • Expense management tool
  • Shared directory
  • Secure, child-focused messaging to maintain business-like relationship with other parent
  • Contact directory (store info for doctors, schools, etc.)

Other: Works on iOS, Android, Blackberry Windows Phone & KindleFire

Pros:

  • Communication tool is clear and child-focused
  • Expense tracker that can allocated percentage contribution per parent
  • Expense tracker can be easily exported
  • Good length free trial

 

Custody Connection

Free to use

Platform: Apple

Features:

  • Acts as primary calendar with programmable custody schedule
  • Sync with other parent
  • Make trade requests to switch parenting days
  • Tracks parenting & creates reports
  • Store important info for children

Pros:

  • Customizable calendar
  • Trade requests make switching days simple
  • Preprogrammed or customizable schedule options

 

Custody Junction

30- day free trial, then $47.00 per year

Platform: Website

Features:

  • Share limited access with other parent and 3rd parties
  • Event calendar
  • Tracks and timestamps events
  • Generate reports

Pros:

  • Easily customizable schedules
  • Add, edit or delete “events” at anytime to make changes to schedule that are timestamped
  • Track various expenses and can be used similar to a journal
  • Generates various reports for parenting time, expenses, and more
  • Good pricing

 

Custody X Change

Free basic version, upgrades from $17.00 to $27.00 per month

Platform: Website

Features:

  • Colour-coded calendars
  • Calculates percentage of parenting time for each parent
  • Link account with other parent
  • Expense tracker
  • Upload files (receipts, medical records, etc.)
  • Secure messaging
  • Share with legal professionals

Other: Mobile app can be loaded through website

Pros:

  • Calculate parenting time for both parents and 3rd parties
  • Easy to read reports with breakdown of parenting time
  • Import various documents

 

Parentship

Free limited version; unlimited for $3.99 per month/ $24.99 per year

Platform: iOS/Android

  • Features: See upcoming events and alerts at-a-glance
  • Send invites to other members to make and suggest parenting changes
  • Integrate personal Google calendar
  • Smart Profile for important information regarding children
  • Store important documents

Pros

  • Good pricing
  • Free option has most features
  • Dashboard provides at-a-glance view of events
  • Invite option to make custody schedule changes
  • Smart Profile can be created for children with all important information that is shareable with 3rd party caretakers
  • Import all important documents to app (birth certificates, SIN, passport, etc.)

 

Talking Parents

Free basic version, upgrades from $5.99- 9.99 per month

Platform: Website

  • Two-way recorded phone calls
  • Secure, timestamped messaging
  • Shared calendar
  • Info library for important information
  • Secure, private storage option
  • Share with legal professionals
  • Personal journal

Other: Need to register phone number with premium

Pros:

  • Secure messaging and unalterable records
  • Free option is fairly extensive
  • Reasonable pricing

 

WeParent

14 – day free trial, then $9.99 per month or $199.99 for lifetime

Platform: iOS, Android

  • Features: Custody schedules
  • Create events and appointments
  • Secure messaging (one-on-one or group chat)
  • Share documents and photos

Pros:

  • Customizable calendar that can be shared with children
  • Files to store photos and important information that can be shared with other family members for easy access
  • Financial assistance option

 

Other Family and Child Management Apps to Consider

Cozi


  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Colour-coded family calendar
  • Create and share to-do lists (ex: create a chore list for children)
  • Create and store shopping lists
  • Explore dinner ideas and save recipes for easy access
  • Daily agenda at-a-glance

FamCal: Family Shared Calendar

(or https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/famcal-shared-family-calendar/id1098999871)


  • Available on iOS & Android
  • Shareable calendar
  • Set reminders for other family members
  • Share grocery or shopping lists
  • Create task lists and to-dos
  • One account for the whole family
  • $4.99 per month / $9.99 per quarter / $23.99 per year

FamilyTime


  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Set time limits on children’s devices
  • Set bed and homework time controls
  • Various parental controls to ensure children don’t access inappropriate content
  • Geofencing and location tracking
  • Various other options to ensure children are safe and use mobile devices responsibly
  • Free and Premium options
  • 4 plan types ranging from $1.15 to $2.25 per month or $34.67 to $88.59 per year depending on type