Imagine that whenever you pay for a copay, camp, or lesson, that your co-parent’s phone buzzes and within moments you receive a reimbursement notification. Now, what if every time a payment is made, the balance between you and your co-parent is automatically updated. Goodbye tracking spreadsheet! Imagine, if you never had to send an email, text, or that spreadsheet about money again. This isn’t coparenting science fiction, the mobile app exists, and it is called DComply.
Saving receipts, recording expenses and payments is a time-consuming and tedious pain. Layer this onto a potential low trust relationship, which many divorces suffer from, and it’s easy to see why money is such a combustible co-parenting topic. A small error, like a missed reimbursement or disagreement over the size of an expense, often escalates quickly leading to difficult email and text communications. It’s not uncommon that the money fight bleeds into lack of flexibility in the parenting schedule or parents alienating each other. Have an expense take a picture of the receipt, open the app, send the bill, and let the DComply do all the work for you automatically so you can move on with your day.
Many parents are already using services like Venmo or PayPal for support and add-on reimbursements, but there’s a problem. What happens when you disagree on an expense or multiple expenses? What mechanisms do you have to either record the dispute, or try to resolve it? If you’ve already tried them, you know that you’re back to the nasty email or text arguments and potentially stuck.
Venmo and Paypal have made payment easy and check writing obsolete, however, record keeping and dispute resolution, which is the real co-parenting money struggle, remains completely unresolved. DComply is the mobile app that captures all transactions for you paid, outstanding, and disputed with easy to use reporting. You’ll never need to sit in front of your laptop dreading to ask for payment because you don’t have the time or energy to “get into it.”
If you ever need to go back to court over money, DComply’s reporting will help. I have heard stories about parents that bring shoe boxes of records to their attorneys and struggle to prove their cases. The flipside of the story is the parent trying to demonstrate that they had made add-on or support reimbursement payments for years. With a finger tap, DComply can compile a summarized report about all the transactions that have occurred on the platform serving both parents we previously described. Frankly, the app serves as an early warning device for parents to seek mediation when there are too many recorded disputes or long-standing balances. Coparents can bring the DComply report to see their divorce professionals and have them more quickly and accurately asses the problems.
So…why would you continue managing support and add-on expenses the old way? It certainly doesn’t offer the reporting protection that you might want and it’s unimaginable that you love saving receipts or that you’re dying to send out the monthly spreadsheet or reminder emails. Give yourself a break and Download DComply today from the App store or Google play to make co-parenting easier.
The number of co-parenting apps available is staggering and they typically offer a similar feature set, a custody calendar, picture and document sharing, chat, expense tracking and in some instance GPS tracking. You can choose from, Our Family Wizard, Two Houses, AppClose, CoParenter, Coparently, WeParent, and Smart Coparent, too name only a few and you’ll typically pay about $100-$200 per year for these apps that offer the features listed above. One might think that with the extraordinary number of co-parenting apps on the market that all divorced parents must be using them, but the truth is, they’re not. The reason so many pour their hearts and souls into building co-parentings app is that these are passion projects. These parents are super well intended people that want to make the divorced parenting world a kinder, gentler, place, but the harsh truth is that these apps simply aren’t easier to use than most of the free tools that are already on the market.
In high conflict scenarios, however, some of these apps are not only useful, they are essential. Consider the situation when parents are not complying with a custody agreement. A court ordered app that requires GPS check-in at child exchanges that time and place stamps when parents meet, could potentially save parents with this problem from much pain and wasted resources in family court. Another consideration is for parents that can’t help but be abusive in email and texts, an app that can monitor these communications or be a platform in which a parent can be spared from disparagement would be incredibly helpful. Most divorced parents have disagreements, many of them as a matter of fact, and they may even suffer an occasional incident, but they’ll still resist GPS stamping drop- offs or having third party monitoring of communication. High conflict parents, on the other hand, can’t coexist without these tools, but typical co-parents, that might not like each other, but generally respect boundaries don’t need these features.
Then there are all the other common features of co-parenting apps like calendaring, chat, and docshare, shouldn’t these app features make co-parenting easier? Well, maybe a little, but not terribly. The challenge is that having a separate calendar, chat, and docshare app for your coparent is another technology to manage and all the features listed above are available using the Google Suite set of tools for free. What parents might lose with only the G-Suite is a prettier app interface and detailed parenting reporting. For example, if you want to analyze whether you really have exactly 50/50 parenting time or want to track every time you’ve had to accommodate each other for a parenting change, then maybe you want to spend the extra $100-$200 / year on an app.
There is an app that meets a need that is almost universal for co-parents, it’s called DComply it saves busy divorced parents time and effort. The vexing problem that DComply solves is managing shared parenting expenses. Figuring out who paid what, and when, eats away at even the healthiest co-parenting relationships and the tracking of expenses, notification of the other party and then recording of payment is an administrative nightmare.
What makes DComply different from other apps is that it is easier than “the old way” of billing and paying your co-parent. For example, the old way of requesting reimbursed for $100 medical co-pay might be to write an email, attach receipt, track the bill on your spreadsheet so that you don’t forget about it, then wait for check, PayPal, Zelle or Venmo money to arrive, then if your organized you might remember to mark as paid in your spreadsheet.
DComply, is the email bill, the spreadsheet tracker and the Venmo payment experience all in one place. The DComply way of managing that $100 copay would be, open the app, take a picture of receipt with mobile, add the amount, then press send. Then your co-parent receives the bill, opens it, presses pay to initiate an ACH money transfer to your bank account. The app does all the tracking automatically for you. DComply is the app for any co-parent that manages shared parenting expenses, unless he/she wants to continue suffering through the “old way.”
You can learn more at dcomply.com or by downloading the app on the app store or google play.