SmartCoparent: Pulling together for divorced duos

Split decision: Co-parenting between two households can be rough, but the SmartCoparenting app aims to help.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

From the mind behind the Moiety scheduling app comes the next evolution in peaceful co-parenting for the matrimonially challenged.

SmartCoparent is the second product by Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures, following the 2016 launch (and subsequent upgrades) of Moiety, a scheduling app that works for any social group (or “crew”) but is designed especially for separated co-parents, their families and assorted childcare providers.

With SmartCoparent, Aeonic Ventures founder and President Gregory Wagner goes several steps further, presenting an all-in-one app that automates support payments, shares important documents, records critical information and otherwise calms the sometimes-stormy seas between separated spouses who must still team up to parent their young.

Moiety will continue to function as “a sub-brand under SmartCoparent,” according to a company statement. But the new, features-rich app – available now in both Apple’s iTunes Store and the Google Play Store – is Aeonic Ventures big enchilada, “a complete digital ecosystem designed to help unify both families and professionals in managing nearly every complex aspect of co-parenting,” according to Wagner.

“SmartCoparent is the next evolution in our effort to positively change the lives of families affected by divorce,” the entrepreneur told Innovate LI. “This is a full-service, professional-grade platform that is beautifully designed, easy to use and specifically made to be suitable for just about any type of co-parenting relationship imaginable.”

Although the U.S. divorce rate has actually been declining for several decades, the American Psychological Association reports that between 40 and 50 percent of all married American couples still divorce, with higher rates in second and third marriages – an enormous amount of people who often require subsequent assistance when it comes to sharing the kids’ doctor bills, arranging pickups after band practice and other parental duties.

Gregory Wagner: Been there, programmed that.

Enter Wagner and his ruffles-soothing apps, which aim to give an e-hand to separated parents in tough spots.

“Divorced families are a technologically underserved mass market in the United States,” the developer said, noting that’s even more true “in many other nations, (where) divorce rates are as high as 70 percent.”

While co-parents can use several key features of the new app without signing up for a membership, SmartCoparent includes a subscription protocol that allows users to invite an unlimited number of members to the proceedings. That includes professionals – think mediators and tutors – and the children themselves, via child-friendly settings that keep out the dirty laundry while keeping everyone in the same loop.

While he did benefit from the help of some “outside agencies,” Wagner – who is himself divorced and based his apps’ basic functionalities on his personal experiences – “learned to code and did most of the heavy lifting myself,” he said.

The end result: An all-mobile-platforms product that includes an in-app private messaging system, a built-in expense tracker and a special program for splitting expenses like dentist bills and clothes-shopping receipts.

The app also provides access to more than 10,000 family professionals via its proprietary directory, while offering user discounts on school supplies and other family-friendly products from Aeonic Ventures’ partner suppliers.

It even includes a “private journal” function for logging meal times, sleep patterns and other important information separated parents may wish to share.

The idea, Wagner noted, is to make life a little simpler for those parents, not to mention their kids.

“The complications associated with managing schedules, finances and communication between two homes can be enormous, even paralyzing,” the entrepreneur said. “With over 25 different features and options, SmartCoparent offers a new vision to bridge these gaps affordably.”