Viewing and Understanding Your Parenting Time Report

Your Custody X Change parenting time report uses graphs and charts to show how parents divide caretaking during any period you select, past or or future.

The data comes from your custody calendar and includes any schedule changes parents agree on and enter. It excludes any time the child spends with a third-party caretaker.

To reflect deviations from your custody schedule that were not agreed upon (example: the other parent’s hour-late arrival to an exchange), use an actual time report instead.

Why you may need a parenting time report

A report can be instrumental when you...

  • Negotiate with the other parent: Show him or her exactly the share of time they’d get with their child under a certain schedule.
  • File for settlement: The more detail you provide, the better the court can assess your proposal. Plus, a sleek, thorough report leaves the judge feeling that you’re prepared and competent parents.
  • Present evidence in court: Use it to show how you’ve shared parenting time prior to court orders or how you’d like to share parenting time after court orders.
  • Calculate child support: In many states, the child support formula includes parenting time. A Custody X Change report gives you precise numbers reached through multiple calculation methods.
Accessing your report

To access your parenting time report, click the "calendar" tab.

In the top right corner, you’ll see two human figures alongside percentages. This is a preview of your parenting time data. To see the full report, click "calculation 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.

Elements in your report
Date range

At the top left of your report, choose the time period you want calculations for.

To see data for the next 12 or 24 months, click the appropriate box. For other dates, including ones in the past, click "custom 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.

Time per parent

The first section of calculations focuses on the total time each parent cared or will care for the child during your selected period. The data is represented through percentages, a bar graph and a doughnut chart.

Overnights per parent

The second section focuses on how many times the child spent or will spend a full night in a parent’s care during the selected period.

Monthly graphs

The third section breaks down the data for total parenting time and overnight visits by month, via two line graphs.

Your date range must fall in at least two months for lines to appear on the graphs.

Monthly calendars

The next section presents your monthly data in a calendar view.

Monthly exchange 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 parenting time broken down by visit, 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 update the parent information that appears in the report (name, gender, 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.

To change your parenting time data, make adjustments to your custody schedules. (Note: If you have a court-ordered schedule, you need permission from the court or other parent to deviate from it.)

In some cases, your parenting time numbers can shift based on how you calculate, without changes to your schedules. Third-party time and your selected date range are two of severals factors that affect parenting time this way.

Custody X Change analyzes your custody schedule to create a detailed parenting time report.

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