Expense Log

Parents | Mobile

The Expense Log on the OFW mobile apps makes tracking shared parenting expenses simple and straightforward. No need to wait to get home to scan receipts and update spreadsheets. With the expense and payment tracking features on the OFW mobile app, parents can upload details about child-related spending, along with receipts, from anywhere. Both parents have equal access to create entries, make payments, update categories, and more.

 

Expense Log FAQs

Learn more about the Expense Log on the OFW mobile app with these common questions:

If I create an expense on the mobile app, will it be viewable on the website?

  • Yes. Any entry you create via the OFW mobile app will be viewable when you log in via the OFW website.

Can my co-parent see the expense I created?

  • Your co-parent will be able to view any expenses that you have entered and have not marked as private. If you check the "Private" box when creating a new expense, it will only be viewable to you. 

What happens after I create a new expense reimbursement request?

  • Your co-parent will be able to view your request and approve or refuse it. Approved expenses will add to the total amount that you owe your co-parent and will be eligible have payments initiated to satisfy them. Refused expenses will not be included in this total.

I received a notification that my co-parent created a new expense. How do I find it?

  • In the main menu of the mobile app, tap the Expenses icon, then tap Register. On the Expense Register, your expenses will default to be sorted by purchase date. Any new expenses created by your co-parent that are waiting for your response will have the status of "Open", and you will have the option to approve or refuse that expense.

What's the difference between the payment methods "Check/Other" and "OFWpay™"?

  • There are two ways of documenting payments and reimbursements made between co-parents. You can note when payments are made and received through means outside of OFW or you can use an OFWpay account to make documented electronic payments on OurFamilyWizard.

    Check-Other: Select this payment method if you are making your payment by any means outside of OFW: cash, check, money order, etc. Once you submit a 'Check/Other' payment, your co-parent can confirm when they've received it. Once it has been confirmed, the status of the applicable expense will be updated to "Paid."

    OFWpay™: OFWpay™ is the online transaction system integrated with your OurFamilyWizard account. Using OFWpay™, you and your co-parent can send and receive secure electronic payments that the site will thoroughly document for you. Click here to learn more about OFWpay™.

Can I download or print a report of my expenses or payments?

  • Yes. You can create customizable reports of your expenses and payments via the OFW website. Login to your account via your device's web browser to access these tools. For more detailed instructions on generating expense reports, click here.

 

Expenses

Expenses on OFW allow you to create an accurate record of shared parenting expenses. Using the OFW mobile app, you can attach images of receipts to each new expense you create. Both parents have equal access to add expenses as reimbursement requests or as expenses they need to pay.

> Learn how to create, edit, remove, and respond to expense requests via the OFW mobile app

 

Categories

Categories are assigned to expenses to break them down based on how much each parent is responsible for paying based on the type of cost. You'll notice four default categories in your account that are optional to use: General (50/50), Medical / Dental (50/50), Other (50/50), and Personal (100/0).

Creating custom categories lets you break down expenses based on the specific ratios that you and your co-parent use for the responsibility of specific costs.

> Learn how to create custom categories via the OFW mobile app

 

Payments and Reimbursements

Document reimbursements and send payments to your co-parent all from the OFW mobile app. Details about payments made outside of OFW can be recorded, or you can use OFWpay™ to transfer funds directly to your co-parent for things like child support or unreimbursed medical expenses.

Marking an Expense as Reimbursed

You may have already received funds for an expense through means outside of OFW. If your co-parent has not documented the payment for these funds on OFW, you can always mark the expense as reimbursed.

> Learn how to mark an expense as reimbursed

Making Payments and OFWpay™

You can record payments that you've made or received through means outside of OFW, or you can use OFWpay™ to facilitate secure e-payments and track the money transfer from when the funds are sent to when they are successfully deposited to the recipient's account. 

> Learn how to make payments on the OFW mobile app

> Learn how to confirm receipt of payments made outside of OFW

> Learn how to sign up and use OFWpay™