Your Frequently Asked Questions

General

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Select the icon with your initials in the top-right of the screen
  3. Choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu
  4. Under Subscription, select your Account Type
  5. Choose a payment plan and follow the instructions to enter your payment method

You will not be able to start communicating through our service until the other parent creates an account of their own. Once the other parent signs up, our service will match your account with theirs and activate them. You will receive an automatic email notification from our system when that happens.

As far as we are concerned, there is no right or wrong way to use Talking Parents. We encourage parents, lawyers, and courts to be creative and use Talking Parents however they like to fit the circumstances of each case or relationship best.

Before your account is matched with your co-parent, you can update any of the information that you provided at the time of sign up including data entered for your co-parent. You can also send an email invitation to join Talking Parents. Sign in to your unmatched account at Talking Parents to edit this information.

Once your account is matched, you will be unable to edit or change any of the information associated with your co-parent's account. However, you can still update your account information at any time in the My Info area once you log in.

Our system occasionally requires a human administrator to verify a match before the accounts are activated. This action can cause a delay of up to several hours, depending on the circumstances.

If you believe the other parent has signed up, but your accounts have not been activated after one day, then please Contact Us

Your username is your complete email address. Please be sure to enter your address entirely and correctly each time.

Passwords are case-sensitive. If you are still unable to sign in, please try to reset your password. If you do not receive the password reset email right away, please double check your email’s spam and junk folders. Also, be sure to add noreply@talkingparents.com to your email’s contacts list before trying again.

The best way to share your communications with a third party is to email them a complete copy of your record in PDF format. You can do this directly from the Records section of our site.

Talking Parents has a Free plan that can be used on any browser, on any device by going to Talking Parents. A Standard or Premium account is required to access the mobile app on iPhone or Android.

Currently, the only way to see when a calendar event has been viewed, edited, or deleted is to obtain a copy of your Calendar Record. You can do this anytime by signing in to your account at Talking Parents with any web browser, including the one on your phone. Navigate to Records -> Calendar Record.

Unfortunately, like any other form of digital, written communication, we cannot prevent our users from sharing their account information with others. We also can not accurately pinpoint where a user is accessing our service from or what device they are using. This kind of digital data is not always accurate and is easy to manipulate.

If you think the other parent may be allowing someone else to post messages for them, then we recommend you create a new message addressing your concerns and requesting that the other parent change their account password and cut off access to any other users.

If you think the other parent may be acting in violation of a court order, then we recommend that you consult with an attorney or the court itself.

Once a message is successfully posted, both users have equal and immediate access to it. Messages are not really “sent” to the other parent in the same way they are with email. You can think of Talking Parents as a shared whiteboard that each parent can write on. Talking Parents maintains the whiteboard, so both parents have equal access to the exact same record at all times.

We do send an email notification when a parent has a new message to view, but that reminder does not contain any part of the message itself. You will know when the other parent first views your messages because that view information will be logged within your message even if they do not post a reply.

  1. Go to the Sign In page
  2. Under the Sign In button, click on Forgot Email or Password? 
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions
If you do not have a phone number saved to your account or no longer have access to the phone number or email address associated with your account, please Contact Us, and we will help you regain access to your account.

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Select the icon with your initials in the top-right of the screen
  3. Choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu
  4. Select Edit next to Time Zone/Date Format
  5. Choose your time zone from the drop-down menu
  6. Click Save

TalkingParents is based in Florida, United States. Our website and Messaging service are available to users all over the world. Users can access our website from any internet-connected device. App availability is dependent upon the Apple and Google Play Store in your country.

We do not ship Printed Records internationally. Accountable Calling℠ is available in the US and Canada.

Accountable CallingSM

Only users with a Premium plan can start a call. Free and Standard users can receive calls.

If you are a Premium user and cannot place a call, ensure that your phone number has been verified and you have Recorded Calling enabled in your Account Settings. If you are still unable to place a call, please Contact Us.

All Talking Parents users with a verified phone number and enabled Recorded Calling can receive calls.

Premium users can place a call. Premium users receive 120 minutes a month. Additional minutes can be purchased from the web or mobile apps. View Pricing for more details

The Talking Parents Accountable Calling feature only supports numbers from within the United States* and Canada that begin with +1.
 
*Alaskan numbers are billed differently, please Contact Us for details.
 

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Go to Account Settings
  3. Select Phone Number and enter your mobile number (number must be able to receive SMS text messages). You will receive a verification code
  4. Enter the verification code and select OK.

In the mobile app:

  1. Navigate to My Communications in the menu and select Calls. Select the “plus” icon on the top right corner.
  2. Select Phone Call to begin your call.
  3. In the pop-up window, select Confirm Call. Talking Parents will call your verified phone number and your co-parent will receive an SMS text message to let them know a call is coming. When your co-parent consents to receive the call, you will both be connected.

Mobile App

  1. Navigate to Calls
  2. Press the "+ Clock" icon in the top right
  3. Choose the number of minutes you wish to purchase
    • On Apple- Follow the prompts and Sign In to your Apple ID to complete the purchase
    • On Android- Choose or Add a payment method, then Confirm Purchase

Web App
 
  1. Choose your initials on the icon on the top right of the screen
  2. Select the Add Minutes option from the dropdown menu
  3. Select the number of minutes you would like to purchase
  4. This option is also available from the Account Settings page.

  1. In the mobile app, select Calls from the sidebar menu.
  2. Choose any Completed Call (Messages cannot be started from Incomplete calls).
  3. Select Create Message on the bottom-left of the screen.
  4. Enter a Subject and Message, then select Send Message.

Changes to your Calling settings will be reflected in the Calling Record.

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. In the menu, go to My Account
  3. Select Account Settings from the drop-down menu
  4. Toggle the button next to Recorded Calling

Account Setup

Watch this video to learn how to create an account.

Or follow the instructions below:

  1. Sign up by visiting Talking Parents
  2. Click Sign Up Now
  3. Fill out the registration form
    • Make sure you enter your email address entirely and correctly, do not include extra spaces or punctuation marks.
  4. Verify your email address

Once the other parent signs up, we will match your account with theirs and activate both accounts. You will receive an email notification when your account is activated. You can then Sign In at Talking Parents and begin communicating with your co-parent.

If the other parent hasn't signed up yet, you can follow these steps to send them an email invitation:

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. You will see the information you entered to sign up
  3. Scroll down the page until you see: Why Hasn't the Other Parent Signed Up?
  4. Enter the other parent's email address
  5. Choose Send Invitation

Currently, all Talking Parents communications are limited to just two participants. We plan to expand our service to allow for more than two participants on a single record, but for now, once you obtain your PDF Record, it can easily be emailed or printed and shared with another party.

The other parent does not need to receive an invitation from us; all they need to do is go to Talking Parents and sign up. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do to compel the other parent to sign up. If you are permitted to have such contact, then you may want to try reminding the other parent to sign up.
 
If you think the other parent may be acting in violation of a court order by not signing up, then we must recommend you consult with a qualified local attorney or the court itself.

Account Info

Due to the secure nature of our service, we can not update user information without verifying your identity. Therefore, all users must follow our Identification Security Process to guarantee your information remains safe.
Please follow these instructions:
 
  1. Contact us to receive the Identification Security Process Documents.
  2. Present both documents to a Certified Notary. (Banks and most shipping centers have notaries that will notarize documents for a small fee.)
  3. The Notary will need to fill out the Notary Acknowledgement document.
  4. You will need to fill out the User Identification Form.
  5. Sign the User Identification Form in the presence of the Notary.
Once completed, send both documents via Certified Mail to the address below:
Talking Parents
ATTN: Support
P.O. Box 446
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549

*To send a certified letter, visit your local postal office.​

Once we receive verification of your identity, we will then manually update your account information and notify you on how you can reset your password and regain access to your account.

If you need to communicate with different co-parents about different children, you are welcome to create as many Talking Parents accounts as you need. 

However, you will need to use a different email address for each account.

If you have a court requirement to check your account at certain times or intervals, then to be safe, you may want to create a new message called “Checking In” and inform the other parent that you will be checking your account per the court order.

If there are no new messages for you to view or you do not need to post any messages for the other parent, then you can simply send a message to document your check-in. Each message that is sent records the time and date it is submitted and should serve as proof of your compliance with any court order to use our service.

Due to the secure nature of our service, we cannot delete user information or user accounts. However, when a parent no longer wants or needs to use our service—either permanently or temporarily—we recommend taking the following actions:

  1. Create a New Message to inform the other parent that you plan to stop using Talking Parents. This message provides notice and documentation of your decision.
  2. Navigate to the Email Notifications option in the menu and turn the New Message notifications Off, which will ensure that you stop receiving message notification emails.
  3. Stop using Talking Parents.
By following these steps, you will be able to access your complete record at any time in the future if you need to. You can also quickly begin using our service in the future if you change your mind.

Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to compel a parent to use our service in a constructive, positive manner or to abide by a court order. We always recommend parents first attempt to address any specific concerns with the other parent through our service, thereby documenting their attempts to be cooperative and resolve issues.

If you think the other parent may be acting in violation of a court order, we suggest you contact your attorney.

Payment

Access to our iPhone and Android mobile apps require a Standard or Premium account. However, if you do not want to pay for an upgraded account, you can still access your Free account at Talking Parents from any browser.

There is no registration or fee to use the Free plan. The only time Free users need to pay is when they order Records or set up Text Notifications.

Most users only need to purchase records when they are involved in legal proceedings. Please see our Pricing for more details.

All payments and purchases are final and non-refundable unless there is an unresolvable issue or error with our service. 
 
If an issue or error is related to the user’s device, browser, internet connection, email provider, program, app, printer, or any other variable beyond our control, then a refund will not be given. If the user cannot or will not provide adequate proof of the issue or error, then the user will not be entitled to a refund.
 
Any payments processed by the Apple App Store, including Standard and Premium account payments, must be canceled through the user’s Apple account. We do not have access to users' Apple account, and therefore, we cannot cancel these payments or issue any refund for these fees. Refund requests for payments made through the Apple App Store must be submitted directly to Apple.

If you upgraded your account through our website, you can change your payment method anytime.

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Navigate to the My Account section
  3. Choose Account Settings from the drop-down menu
  4. Under Subscription, select your Payment Method
  5. Click Add a Payment Method
  6. Enter your card information
  7. Select Add Payment Method, then Save

If you upgraded through our website, your cancel your paid account anytime.

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Navigate to the My Account
  3. Click Account Settings
  4. Under Subscription, select Account Type
  5. Select Cancel

Apple requires that certain apps (like ours) pay a 30% fee to use their in-app purchase system. To access a plan that reflects our website pricing, you need to cancel your subscription via Apple App Store and upgrade your account on Talking Parents.

Attachments

You can attach up to five files to each message. We currently limit file sizes to 50MB and you can only select files from one folder or location at a time.

On the website:

  1. Under the box where you type your message, click Attachments
  2. Drag and drop files into the box or click the box to select the file you want to attach
  3. You should now see the file icon in the attachment box, along with an option to remove the file
  4. Be sure to type a message about the attachment you are uploading. We recommend parents describe the content of the file and address any issues related to it
  5. Select Send
On the mobile app:
 
  1. Under and to the left of the box where you type your message, click on the paperclip icon
  2. You can choose to add files from either your device or your Vault
  3. Select the file you want to attach and then press Open or Select, depending on your device
  4. Choose Done after you have selected all of the files you would like to add to your message
  5. Be sure to type a message about the attachment you are uploading. We recommend parents describe the content of the file and address any issues related to it
  6. Select Post Message

Attached files are available for download for seven days for users on a Free plan, at which point they are archived. If a user needs to regain access to their archived files, then they can do so anytime by upgrading to a Standard or Premium plan.

While your Messaging Record includes the details of every file upload and download, it does not include the attached files themselves.

Because we allow parents to share a wide variety of file types and formats—including audio and video files—it would be impossible for our printed records to include all shared files accurately. At this point, if you need an attached file and you do not have a copy saved somewhere else, then you will need to go back to the conversation where it was attached and re-download the file.

Keep in mind; you can regain access to all archived attachments anytime by upgrading to a Standard or Premium Plan.

Records

PDF Records are $9.99 USD (or free with an upgraded account).

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Navigate to the Records section of your account
  3. Select PDF Records from the drop-down menu
  4. Using the drop-down menu, select the Record you would like to obtain
  5. Enter your payment information
  6. Choose Submit Payment
  7. Enter the email address to which you would like the Record sent

Certified Printed Records cost $39.99 USD + $0.19 per page (cost includes shipping).
  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Navigate to the Records section of your account
  3. Select the type of Printed record you want to purchase (conversation, calendar, journal)
  4. Choose Calculate Printed Record Cost. You can calculate the cost even if you choose not to purchase the record
  5. Review the cost of your printed record and enter your payment and accurate shipping information.
  6. Choose Submit Payment
  7. Printed records usually arrive within four business days from purchase date

Our service does not allow you to alter your record by rearranging your messages.

All communications are grouped into messages. Every message is assigned a subject by the parent who created it. They are presented in their entirety with nothing left out and arranged chronologically based on the most recent activity.

Please Contact Us and let us know you are a victim of domestic violence, we will send a copy of your record to the email address associated with your account.

You can easily change the Time Zone for your Talking Parents account anytime. You can change it as often as you like, even if you’re only in a different time zone for a brief period.

  1. Sign in to your account online at Talking Parents
  2. Navigate to the My Info section or under the More/Menu option with our apps
  3. Select a new time zone from the drop-down menu
  4. Select Save My Info button

This will convert the times for all of your existing messages, including all of the times on your Records.
 

PDF Records
All PDF Record purchases are final and non-refundable unless there is an issue with our service that prevents the user from obtaining the record or a technical error with the record itself. Issues or errors must be related to our service or the record itself, and not the user’s device, browser, email, PDF viewer, printer, or any other variables beyond our control.

If we can resolve the issue promptly, then the user will not be entitled to a refund.

Printed Records
All Printed Record purchases are final and non-refundable unless our own error prevents delivery of the record, or the record itself is flawed in some way due to our own actions.

We will not issue a refund if:
  • The user provides an incorrect or incomplete shipping address
  • The user purchases the wrong type of record
  • If a record is damaged in shipping
  • If a record is delivered after the expected delivery date/time

We will issue a refund if there is a flaw with the delivered record that negatively affects its usefulness and could have been prevented by us.

Due to shipping costs and time requirements, we only ship Printed Records to addresses within the US.

Mobile App

If your subscription to our service through iTunes is still active follow these instructions:

  1. Remove our app from your device and then reinstall it from the iTunes store.
  2. Sign in again and you should have the option to select that you already have an active subscription.
  3. Choose the Restore Subscription option.
Sometimes iTunes will fail to send notice to your device that your payment has been processed until you select this option.

You should be able to find all of your previous subscription and purchase information through your iTunes account. There you can determine if your automatic payment to us failed. If you do not know how to view your iTunes subscriptions, read these instructions. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039

Please try removing our app from your phone and then downloading it again from the store. Doing this will ensure you have the latest version of our app installed.

When you first log into the app

  1. Select About from the menu.
  2. Select Reregister Push Notifications.

This action will re-enable all notifications from the app. Please note you may also need to adjust your device notification and privacy settings to allow notifications from our app.

Find a Lawyer

Unfortunately, we cannot provide our users with any legal advice or instruction. However, we do offer blog articles that many users find helpful.

If you think the other parent is acting in violation of a court order, or you would like to find out what support may be available through the legal system, then we recommend you contact an attorney, or the court itself.

You can use our Lawyer Directory to find a lawyer near you.