Journaling in Custody X Change: Overview

Your Custody X Change journal helps you recall and present details that are important to your case.

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Why journal

If you've met with a family lawyer, they've probably told you to keep close track of everything that happens in your life that could be relevant to your case.

Your Custody X Change journal helps you do this easily. You can journal about:

  • Your child's well-being
  • Your co-parent's behavior
  • Your excellent parenting

When you go to court or negotiations, an organized, professional-quality parenting journal is one of the most convincing pieces of evidence you can bring with you.

Who can see your journal

Your co-parent can't access your journal, even if you link your Custody X Change accounts. This gives you a private space to write honestly about what's happening.

On the other hand, your legal professional does have access to your journal if you link accounts with them. This is so they can give you feedback and prepare for court.

Journaling tips

  • Journal as soon as possible: This way you won't forget details (or forget to journal entirely). You can edit your journal even when you're in offline mode.
  • Be detailed: Write everything down so you'll remember information the judge may ask for later. Details also add credibility to your journal.
  • Upload evidence: Upload relevant photos, screenshots and documents when you have them. They should back up what you say in your journal entry.
  • Use your "court" voice: Write as calmly and respectfully as you would speak in court. Do not call the other parent names or use hostile language.

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Factors to consider

Parenting plans:

Making a parenting plan

Changing your plan

Interstate, long distance

Temporary plans

Guides by location:

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Age guidelines:

Birth to 18 months

18 months to 3 years

3 to 5 years

5 to 13 years

13 to 18 years


Joint physical custody

Sole physical custody

Joint legal custody

Sole legal custody

Product features:

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Printable calendars

Parenting plan templates

Journal what happens

Expense sharing

Parenting time tracking

Calculate time & overnights

Ways to use:

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Prepare for mediation

Get ready for court