It can be fun to search the app store for a new app for your phone. With the touch of a finger, you can add addictive games or apps to help you lose weight, track automobile expenses, chat with friends, find a new Chicago-area restaurant and so much more. And if you’re a parent about to divorce or a parent going through a divorce, you will find a slew of apps designed to help you with co-parenting.

We read recently of one such app and its developers. AppClose has been downloaded more than 100,000 times from Google’s Play Store and has a solid 4.7 rating out of a possible 5 from users of Apple’s App Store. AppClose boasts that it enables divorced parents to track, manage and cooperate on a dizzying array of important details of their child’s life.

The application includes a calendar that can be accessed by “co-parents, step-parents, family members, childcare providers and third parties” so that all of the above know what’s going on in the moment and what’s coming up in the near and more distant future.

One of its most interesting features is called Requests. It’s for those occasions in which one parent spends money on a birthday party, doctor visit, school outing, etc., and needs to be reimbursed by the other. The Request feature also enables parents to ask for a drop-off time change or to ask to swap parenting days and so on.

The Expenses feature enables parents to not only track what they’re spending on their child, but also to get paid and send payments for child-related expenses.

Of course, there are a number of competing co-parenting apps, all touting their own features and advantages, including coParenter, Truece, WeParent, TalkingParents, Parentship and others. They’re easy to check out as you look for the right application to make co-parenting less stressful and more of a cooperative, nurturing effort.

Co-parenting isn’t easy, but it can be tremendously rewarding. The first step in successful co-parenting is the creation of a child custody and visitation agreement in your divorce that works for your children and you. Contact a qualified Chicago family law attorney to get started.