Co-parenting children has never been easier and friendlier.
Cofamilies is a mobile service that allows divorced or separated parents to coordinate parenting their children. It started on the web in 2013 and is now a mobile app. The app features a joint calendar, payment exchange, location-based check-ins, and a messaging service for effective communication.
Cofounder and CEO Rob Pinna was divorced 7 years ago and realized that “the big issue for kids is how much contention their parents have.”
“The relationship or marriage may have ended, but both parents love their kids and they are going to be united for a long time,” he says. “This just makes it a lot easier for that to work.”
That experience led to the idea of Cofamilies.
“There are some other competitive products, but they are for higher conflict divorces,” says Pinna.
One parent signs up to the app and set up a profile with their co-parent’s and children’s information. With the app, they can set up appointments using the joint calendar, such as who gets the kids on what days. They can also request and make payments, and message each other reminders.
“You always know that your kids are going to be safe and that’s a really big deal for people,” says Pinna. “You never want to miss a time when you’re picking them up, you’ll be able to understand how to split expenses, and you can quickly get access to information you need.”
“This is a way to be a very effective team even when you’re not in the same place,” adds cofounder Jessica Kahn.
Cofamilies also connects these parents to professionals such as mediators, child or family therapists, and divorce coaches. They have had around 20,000 sign ups in Colorado, where it was created and piloted. They are now expanding nationally as part of the Dreamit Ventures Program.
“It’s not about divorce, it’s about the kids,” says Pinna.
The Cofamilies team believe that divorce does not harm the children, it’s the contention between the parents that do. In creating a product that allows parents to work together and create a partnership that is comfortable and convenient for both, says Kahn, they are allowing their children to succeed in life.