- Why should I coParent?
Research shows that successful coParenting is a leading factor in helping children thrive, especially in cases of separation or divorce. Studies show that when parents commit to coParenting, they put their children’s needs first, ensuring that kids feel secure, enjoy consistency, see diplomacy between parents and most importantly, have a model of behavior to follow.
- Can a third party access my coParenter account?
Yes, by registering through the court, your lawyer or another professional, they will have access to a third party view of your messaging, check-ins and agreements. You can also add your lawyer, therapist, etc to YourTeam and they will have access that way as well.
- Can my kids access my account?
No, your kids cannot access your account so long as you keep your password secure. coParenter accounts can only be accessed by the username, password and touch ID you set up. It is your responsibility to use TouchID if you have it on your device and to keep your access credentials secure.
- What is coParenting?
coParenting is a parenting approach that stresses communication and alignment between the parents. coParenting can be an effective parenting style regardless of marital status. However, when parents are not in a marriage, cohabitation, or romantic relationship with one another, coParenting can be the most effective approach to raising their children. Generally, coParents seek to maintain consistency for the kids, regardless of which house the children may be at. Common rules around diet, bedtimes, expectations around
school, etc are agreed to by the coParents and put into practice at their homes. At its best, coParenting is an opportunity for children of divorce to have parenting input with both parents and has been proven to lead to better psychological and behavioral adjustment, and enhanced academic performance.
- Is anything on coParenter admissible in court?
Any communication between you and your coParent may be admissible in court. Check-in history may also be admissible. However, any communication between you and a coParenting Professional is deemed to be confidential and inadmissible.
- Is coParenter a non-profit?
While we are not a non-profit, coParenter is a social venture and we measure success by the social impact of the organization. Our goal is to remove divorce from the list of adverse childhood experiences. We are seeking to empower parents, disrupt the cycle of conflict brought on by separation and divorce, improve child well-being and make the world a better place.
- How will coParenter help me?
coParenter can help you and your coParent make better decisions for your kids by offering management, accountability, communication, and coaching tools that not only help manage your day to day involvement with your child(ren
),but also help resolve any coParenting conflicts you may have with your coParent. Using the coParenter platform you can be directly connected with a coParenter Professional to help resolve disputes on demand. This can help you save money, stay out of court and make child-centric decisions.
- Is communication with a coParenter professional legally privileged?
To the fullest extent possible based on legal statute and our terms of services, all communication between you and a coParenter Professional is confidential and not subject to admission as evidence. Please review our Terms of Services for specific details.
- Is coParenter available to everyone?
coParenter can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for residents of the United States and Canada. We will be doing Spanish and French versions of the tool and opening up other geographies in the future.
- What is Parallel Parenting?
Parallel parenting indicates that the parents may not be aligned with how they raise their children and so the kids’ experience is different when they are with each parent. Parallel parenting can be beneficial in high-conflict families where limited contact may
behelpful and safer. This often indicates that parents remain disengaged from one another, separately deciding the logistics of routine and day-to-day parenting. Parallel parenting may include different rules and expectations at each parent’s home but the child is able to have both parents in their lives.
- Can our parenting plan be modified in the app?
Yes, you can change or update your regular parenting schedule. For a long-term change, tap on PLAN and then coParenting Schedule to modify your Weekly / bi-weekly Schedule. To temporarily modify your existing plan, submit your new request through the REQUEST button in the app. This is useful for swapping weekends or similar short-term changes to your parenting schedule.
- Can I hire a lawyer or mediator in the app?
There is no way to hire a coParenting Professional directly within the application. However, if you find a Professional you do want to establish a formal relationship with outside of coParenter, we encourage you to do so. coParenter seeks to help parents to find alternatives to unnecessary litigation when dealing with everyday coParenting issues. For that reason, we support mediators, coParenting planners, coordinators, special masters and other coParenting professionals who help you to resolve disputes without unnecessary litigation.
- How do I schedule an appointment with a parenting professional?
There is no need to schedule an appointment with a coParenter Professional (cP Pro) as coParenter provides help on-demand. Simply click on GetHelp, answer a few questions from our chatbot, and you will receive a notification once a cP Pro has opened the communication channel to start working on your issue.
- How much does coParenter cost?
It is $12.99 a month or $119.99 a year. Both of these include 20 free credits per month (if you buy annually you get all 240 credits up front) which you can use on professional services in the app such as our GetHelp on-demand coaching and mediation(10 credits). We also want to give you an opportunity to try it before you buy so we are offering a free month trial. More info on the pricing plans can be found here.
However, at the end of day coParenter saves you and your coParenter money by helping you resolve conflict with an on-demand cP Pro, instead of hiring attorneys and taking those issues to court. The average attorney costs $250 an hour and the average divorce costs $30,000.
- Can our agreements and parenting time schedules created on coParenter be filed with the court?
Most jurisdictions will allow parents to make agreements outside of court that later become enforceable orders. Check with your local jurisdiction regarding their rules for filing agreements, parenting time schedules, and holiday plans. If you do not have an existing Parenting Time Schedule, you can work with one of our coParenter Professionals to set-up an appropriate custody/coParenting time schedule with your coParent. Simply click on SCHEDULE and REQUEST PLAN to access help.
- How does using coParenter save me money?
coParenter saves you and your coParent money by helping you resolve conflict with an on-demand coParenter Professional, instead of hiring attorneys and taking those issues to court.
- Are coParenter Professionals licensed?
All coParenter Professionals are fully licensed in their respective fields and are typically family law attorneys, therapists, social workers or retired bench officers with strong conflict resolution backgrounds, certifications, and training. In addition to their professional licensing and experience, our coParenting professionals are overseen by our co-founder Hon. Sherrill A. Ellsworth (ret.) ensuring they have the proper guidance to resolve coParenting issues on this platform.
- What if my coParent won’t join? Can I still use the app?
While it is not necessary for both parents to join coParenter, the platform works best when both parents subscribe. If you’re coParent is unwilling to join, or you’d prefer not to have them on the platform, we have SoloMode that allows you to communicate with your coParent via SMS. The subscribing parent can maintain an organized, cohesive and secure record of all communication, attempts to resolve issues and agreements reached. Showing that you have made a good faith effort to resolve conflict is crucial if you do end up in court- especially when arguing over attorney fees. If one parent refuses to use coParenter after a Judge has made an order to do so, they may be held in contempt. Regardless of any potential for court, coParenter is a valuable tool to assist you in making the best decisions for your children.
- How do you protect my privacy?
We use biometric (fingerprint) access if your device supports it. We store your password encrypted in our database to ensure protection in case of any sort of intrusion. We use industry best practices for our infrastructure to help ensure your privacy is protected.
We don’t share your information with your coParent even if you are using SoloMode. Even when messaging via the app, the phone number that your coParent sees via the text message is a coParenter phone number.
We also do not share location information. The only location information that is exchanged between coParents is when you check-in for pickups and dropoffs. We use non-trackable location verification from your phone to allow you to check-in once you have arrived and a notification of your arrival will be sent to your coParent.
- Is any of my personal information shared with my coParent?
No, your personal information (for example, your phone number, email, location) is never shown to your coParent. Anything you input about yourself is not able to be seen by your coParent. The only information that is shared is information about your children and you are not required to input or share any information other than the child’s name.
- What is coParenter?
coParenter is the first app built on the Intelligent Dispute Resolution (IDR) platform and was specifically designed for separating, divorced and never-married parents. A first-of-its-kind, coParenter helps parents manage, organize and document critical co-parenting decisions, including custody & visitation schedules, child support payments and more. Blending the latest in computer intelligence with human assistance, coParents can now predict and prevent conflict and access live, on-demand mediators to resolve disputes should they occur. The net result is parents can stay focused on their kids and stay out of court, saving time and money.