As regular readers of our blog know, ending a marriage and going separate ways is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. When a divorce involves children, complications multiply quickly.

Because you and your ex (or soon-to-be-ex) will always be linked by your children, it’s crucial for the well-being of your kids that you learn how to co-exist and cooperate – especially when you are sharing parenting. Fortunately, there are tools available today to help you with co-parenting.

While it makes sense for most divorced parents to lean on family and friends for advice and support, there is also now available a wide assortment of co-parenting apps that can help you schedule and track parenting time and exchanges with your ex, as well as a child’s often hectic school, sports, study and social schedules.

AppClose is a free co-parenting application available in both the Google Play and Apple App stores. Its calendar enables you to link in not only your ex and child, but step-parents, childcare providers and family members into a schedule of where your child is supposed to be at any given moment and what’s coming up in his or her life.

The AppClose Expenses feature enables you to both get paid and send payments for child-related costs. It helps both you and your ex to clearly track and understand expenses, which can help minimize disputes over who is paying for what and when.

The app also has features enabling you to make requests for reimbursements and then get notifications when your request has been approved, paid or declined.

AppClose’s Messenger feature enables you to keep all parenting texts in one location, as well as communicate confidentially with your family law attorney and others.

AppClose is by no means the only co-parenting app out there, however. Others include Truece, OurFamilyWizard, TalkingParents, Fayr, Coparenter, SharedCare and more.