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Our Family Wizard and Other Co-Parenting Apps

Our Family Wizard (OFW) is one of many comprehensive co-parenting communication and organization platforms designed to support families going through divorce or separation. It serves as a centralized hub for parents to manage various aspects of co-parenting, ensuring smoother and more efficient cooperation while prioritizing the best interests of their children. While other apps exist, most of the time our practice encounters OFW.

Communicating Effectively

At its core, apps such as OFW aim to provide a secure and private online space where co-parents can communicate effectively. They can offer a range of communication tools, including a messaging system, calendar, expense tracker, and journal. These features are specifically tailored to address the unique challenges of co-parenting. The messaging system facilitates clear and documented communication, reducing the potential for misunderstandings or disputes. The shared calendar helps parents coordinate schedules for visitation, holidays, and important events, ensuring that both parties are on the same page and minimizing conflicts. The expense tracker simplifies the process of managing and documenting child-related expenses, which can be crucial for child support and financial planning. Additionally, the journal allows parents to record notes and observations about their children, fostering a collaborative approach to parenting.


One of the key advantages of OFW and its ilk is the emphasis on transparency and accountability. All interactions within the platform should be tracked and time-stamped, providing an objective record that can be useful in legal proceedings if necessary. This accountability can encourage more responsible and respectful communication between co-parents.


However, as with any planner, app, or tool, it requires the intentional use and cooperation of the parties to get the most out of it. If the parties do not adhere to using an app to facilitate communication, that itself becomes an issue. Additionally, not every set of parents needs such an intensive app to effectively coparent. Text messages and calendars, the old-fashioned ones, often can achieve the same result without the need to use another app. This is why typically, using a co-parenting app is recommended only in high conflict cases. If you are in a high conflict situation, speak to your attorney about what tools may be useful for you in effectively co-parenting.