Viewing and Understanding Your Actual Time Report
Your Custody X Change actual parenting time report uses graphs and charts to show how parents divided caretaking during any period, and how the parenting time compared to what was planned.
The data comes from your actual time calendar. It excludes any time the child spent with a third-party caretaker.
Why you may need an actual time report
A report can be instrumental in...
- Assessing a temporary schedule: Track your temporary schedule to see how often you have to deviate from it. This can provide important information as you make a final schedule.
- Modifying your final schedule: Your actual time report can help you convince the other parent that schedule modifications are necessary. If you can't agree on modifications, the report makes for strong evidence in court.
- Working with an unpunctual parent: Show the other parent exactly how often he or she has been diverting from the schedule to encourage them to follow it better.
- Requesting a child support modification: If you can show you care for your child much more than scheduled, you may be able to modify your support order so you pay less or receive more.
Accessing your report
To access your actual time report, click the "actual time" tab. (On a phone, you may need to hit the "more" option first.)
In the top right corner, you'll see human figures alongside percentages. This is a preview of your actual time data.
To see the full report, click "actual time report" (or the pie chart icon, on smaller screens).
Time vs. overnights
Before you can use your report successfully, you have to understand the two most common ways to measure parenting time: by total time and by overnight visits. Some courts prefer one method over the other.
Total time adds up the hours and minutes when a child is in a parent's care. Overnight visits counts how many full nights a child spends in a parent's care.
On your Custody X Change report, time calculations are represented by a clock symbol, and overnight calculations are represented by a moon.
To change which calculation shows up in your report preview, visit your account settings. (Click the user icon in the top right corner of the app, and select "account settings.")
Elements in your report
Your actual parenting time report is an in-depth look at how your parenting time changed from what was planned. See below for a breakdown of how to use its many elements.
At the top left of your report, choose the time period you want calculations for.
To see data for the past 12 or 24 months, click the appropriate box. For a custom date range, click "other dates," and fill in the fields that appear.
Color selection and printing
At the top right of your report, check or uncheck the box to switch between black-and-white and color views. Use the adjacent buttons to print or save the report.
Actual time per parent
The first box of calculations shows the total time each parent cared for the child during your selected period (in percentages and hours). It also shows the total time each parent was originally scheduled to care for the child.
Difference from scheduled time
The next box shows how much parenting time each person gained or lost, compared to what they were scheduled to receive.
Actual time blame
This box uses a bar graph to show which parent was the cause of the deviations, and how much time they took or gave.
Actual overnights per parent
This box shows the total overnights each parent cared for the child during your selected period (in percentages and nights). It also shows the total overnights each parent was originally scheduled to care for the child.
Difference from scheduled overnights
The next box shows how many overnights each person gained or lost, compared to what they were scheduled to receive.
Actual overnights blame
This box uses a bar graph to show which parent was the cause of the deviations, and how many overnights they took or gave.
This box uses a bar graph to show how many schedule deviations each parent caused in the time selected.
Deviations per month
The next box breaks down the data for deviations by month via line graph.
The next section presents your monthly data in a calendar view.
Monthly deviations data
The last section of the report details your monthly data in list form.
Click the plus button to the far right of a month to see the data broken down by each schedule change, and click the minus button to close the detailed view.
The "expand all" option at the top right of the section opens the detailed view for every month in your date range.
Making changes to your report
To modify your actual time data, click the "back" button, and then enter, edit or delete actual time changes.
To update the parent information that appears in the report — such as name or assigned color — visit your account settings. To get there, click the user icon in the top right corner of the app, and select "account settings" from the drop-down menu.