Keeping a Parenting and Visitation Journal
A custody and visitation journal is where you can take notes about visitation, your child, the other parent, exchanges, etc.
Custody X Change is software that provides parents with an easy to use custody journal.
To keep a custody journal, you write down important information and events as they happen so you have a chronological diary.
You can write notes about:
- Late pick-ups and drop-offs
- Missed or cancelled visits
- Health appointments and medical information
- Discussions with the other parent
- Your child's mood and emotions when interacting with the other parent
- Your child's behavior
- Issues you want to talk about with the other parent
- How your child is doing in school and other activities
- Your child's milestones and development
- Anything you want to remember
You can print your journal in an organized timeline with all of the entries stamped with the date. You can print all of your journal or just specific entries.
You can also export all or some of your journal to a PDF or a Word document. This makes it easy to email your journal or edit it.
Keeping a journal of important events and patterns of behavior can help you if disputes or future disagreements arise. You can use your journal in discussing issues with the other parent or show it to the judge if you have to go back to court.
A journal can also help you know how well your parenting plan and custody schedule are working. As you look over your notes, you can see the situations and times when your child struggles or the parents are frustrated. You can then adjust your plan so it works better for everyone.
You can also use your journal to record your child's information, milestones, and progress in school or other activities. This can help you communicate with the other parent about your child and help you parent better.
Your journal can give you peace of mind because you know what is going on with your custody situation and your child.