For those going through a breakup, there can be a lot to manage, from emotions to expenses. And while tech doesn't have all the answers, it can help ease some of the strain, whether you are seeking legal counsel, sharing custody of the kids, or even still trying to get past the sting of a nasty breakup.
These seven apps and web services represent a good sampling of the choices out there, though no option is likely to fit the bill for every divorce or if you have kids, co-parenting situation.
OurFamilyWizard includes several potentially useful tools for parents raising kids separately together.
CoParenter app (Photo: Edward C. Baig)
One coParenter feature lets a parent send a secure, non-trackable notification to the other parent, whenever picking up or dropping off the kids. Smart filters can help keep communications between the parties clean.
You can also make requests to the other parent directly inside the app to, say, swap weekends or alter other visitation plans. If the two of you can’t come to an agreement about that or much else, you can tap Get Help to summon live on-demand mediation or coaching.
AppClose features many of the tools found in other co-parenting apps, including the ability to manage parent-kid schedules, make pickup and dropoff requests and to send date-stamped real-time messages. The big difference is everything is free, at least for now. The fine print inside AppClose's terms of service leaves open the possibility that a paid version of the app could come.
The name gives it away. This automated platform is all about managing, tracking and paying child support and alimony. Though it helps to have both parents participate in the app, only one actually is required to do so.
SupportPay’s pitch to the parent who receives child support is to show the other “just how expensive your children really are.” And part of the pitch to the paying spouse is that you can view receipts to see where the money is actually being spent, presumably for the kid.
Via the app, you’ll receive reminders and notifications that, as SupportPay puts it, you don’t have to add “pay my ex” to your to-do list.
For most couples, it's a given that you and the ex won't always see eye-to-eye — and that can surely be said for couples that stay together, too. But in theory, anyway, you both have the kids' best interest at heart, so communication is key.
Whether you are on amicable terms or not, TalkingParents records your exchange with a co-parent are time-stamped when you sent them and when the other person reads them and, if need be, are admissible in court.
You can also keep a personal journal with notes that won't be shared with your ex.
A screen from the Mend app. (Photo: Mend)
Founded by ex-Googler Elle Huerta following a breakup,Mendis billed as a “personal coach for the brokenhearted,” an app that might help you recover from the painful end of your relationship. When you first sign up, you give one reason for the breakup (infidelity, fell out of love, etc.), indicate the last time you had any contact with your ex, and go on from there.
Divorceify can recommend attorneys and therapists while you go through a divorce. (Photo: Divorceify)
This web-based service provides a kind of GPS roadmap for divorce proceedings. Using predictive artificial intelligence and a human-like interface called Sonia, you’ll get matched with attorneys, therapists, and mediators who have been previously vetted. Though free for now, one of the co-founders Casey Shevin, says Divorceify may charge in the future for booking appointments or other services.
Thanks to Edward C. Baig from USA Today