Keeping a Parenting and Visitation Journal
A custody and visitation journal is where you can take notes about your child, the other parent, visitation, exchanges and more.
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 to give you a chronological diary.
You can add journal entries about:
- Late pick-ups and drop-offs
- Missed or cancelled visits
- Medical information and appointments
- Your child's emotions and behavior
- How your child is doing in school and other activities
- Your child's milestones and development
- Issues you discussed or want to discuss with the other parent
- Anything you want to remember
You can print all or part of your journal in an organized timeline.
You can also export all or some of your journal to a PDF or a Word document. This makes it easy to email or edit in detail.
Keeping a journal of important events and behavior patterns can help you when disputes arise. You can use your journal in discussing issues with the other parent or show it to the judge.
A journal can also help you see how well your parenting plan and custody schedule are working. As you look over your notes, you'll understand the situations in which 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 stay organized and parent better.
Your journal can give you peace of mind because you understand and remember exactly what is going on with your custody situation and your child.