Tracking Actual Parenting Time
Tracking actual parenting time is noting when each parent actually has the child compared to when each parent is scheduled to have the child.
Custody X Change is software that can track actual time and print reports that show the difference between scheduled and actual parenting time.
You can record on your actual time calendar:
- When a parent is late for an exchange
- When a parent doesn't show for a visit
- When a parent cancels a visit
- When you and the other parent make a schedule change that was not agreed upon
- When you have the child, but the other parent was scheduled to
- When the other parent has the child, but you were scheduled to
When you enter changes to the schedule that were not agreed upon, you'll choose which parent was the cause (called blame). You also have the option to add a reason.
As you enter changes, the timeshare calculator updates your actual timeshare percentages, as well as the difference between scheduled and actual time.
You can then print a report showing the difference between scheduled and actual time.
You can also print a calendar of the actual time schedule, which will include your changes.
Once your schedule is in place, tracking actual parenting time lets you know how well it's being followed.
If the schedule isn't being followed, you can use your documentation to discuss improvements to the schedule with the other parent, or to motivate the other parent to follow the schedule better.
If you have a temporary plan and schedule in place, you can track your schedule to see how well it works. This can give you important information as you make your final schedule.
You can also use your tracking information to modify your plan and schedule in court. Showing the actual parenting time schedule can help the court see why a modification is necessary. You can also use your tracking documents to work out a new schedule or plan in mediation.
You also need your actual parenting timeshare percentage to know if you are paying or receiving the right amount of child support. If you have your child a lot more than scheduled, you may be able to modify your child support order so you pay less support or receive more.