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.
To track the time that each parent has the child, you record on the calendar:
- When a parent is late for an exchange
- When a parent doesn't show for visitation
- When a parent cancels a visit
- When you and the other parent make a change to the schedule
- When you have the child and the other parent is scheduled to have the child
- When the other parent has the child and you are scheduled to have the child
As you enter the changes to the schedule, the timeshare calculator shows you actual timeshare percentages and the difference between scheduled and actual time.
You can then print a report that shows the difference between scheduled and actual parenting time.
You can also print a calendar of the actual parenting schedule that shows the changes.
Once your parenting plan and schedule are in place, tracking actual parenting time lets you know how well your schedule is being followed.
If the schedule isn't being followed, you can use your documentation to talk about improvements to the schedule with the other parent or to help 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 could also use your tracking documents to work out a new schedule or plan in mediation.
You also need to know 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 you are scheduled, you may be able to modify your child support order so you pay less support or receive more.