7 Ways to Use the Custody X Change App in California

The Custody X Change app allows Californians to create their own parenting agreements and schedules with guidance, flexibility and independence.

It can help parents representing themselves, parents working with lawyers, and parents settling custody through mediation or collaboration. Custody X Change professional software is commonly used by attorneys and others working in family law, as well.

Below, find seven ways to use the Custody X Change app in the Golden State.

Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and custody schedules for parents and family law professionals.

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1. Presenting options to the other parent

It's easier to express what you want for your children when you put it on paper. Showing your preferred parenting plan and schedule to the other parent can help them understand your concerns, as well identify points where they agree with you.

You should bring your Custody X Change documents whenever you discuss custody with the other parent, whether it's in court-mandated mediation, private mediation, collaborative law or on your own.

2. Presenting a suggestion to the recommending mediator

When you bring Custody X Change documents to court-mandated mediation in a county where mediators make recommendations, you're doing yourself a double service. Not only are you helping the other parent understand your views, you are also ensuring the mediator has a clear understanding of the situation before he or she reports back to the judge.

Judges often rule in line with mediator recommendations, so be sure your mediator has all the facts before submitting a report.

3. Presenting a proposal to the judge

Judges need as much information as possible to understand a family's situation and issue a suitable decision. You can help by showing the judge your preferred Custody X Change parenting plan and calendar during your hearing or trial. They may take it into consideration when deciding the details of your final order.

4. Filing as part of a settlement

If you and the other parent reach an understanding, you can file an agreement with the court to make it a final order. You have the option to do this via a series of court forms, or you can submit your Custody X Change plan along with one court form.

5. Preparing a court order

At the end of a trial, the judge may ask you or your attorney to write up the decision he or she announced.

First, you will have to complete a form called Findings and Order After Hearing. From there, you can choose if you'd rather fill out a series of court forms or use Custody X Change to create one document that reflects the judge's ruling (see below).

Your superior court's self-help center or family law facilitator can provide guidance.

6. Tracking actual parenting time

Prior to receiving court orders, track your parenting time with Custody X Change to show the court who has been caring for your child hour by hour. Judges often like to maintain the balance of parenting time that a family is used to.

After the court gives orders, use Custody X Change to compare the time you were awarded with the time you really receive. Mark your calendar when a parent is late for an exchange or cancels a visit, then instantly print a report calculating the effect on custody time. Data is crucial when you file for a modification to your orders, or when a judge considers how temporary orders have worked before issuing final orders.

7. Implementing court orders

Once the court issues orders, it’s essential you follow them to the letter. If you don’t, you can be brought back to court and even charged with a crime. But orders for physical custody and visitation can be particularly difficult to decipher. When exactly does "Week 2" begin this month? Which day is considered the middle of winter break?

Use Custody X Change to transform your order into a shareable calendar with optional push notifications, so you’ll never have to wonder whether you’re staying in compliance.

Forms Custody X Change can replace

In California, you can use documents produced with Custody X Change in place of any similar court form that says "approved for optional use" in the lower left corner.

For example, you can submit your Custody X Change parenting agreement in place of:

Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and custody schedules for parents and family law professionals.

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Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and custody schedules for parents and family law professionals.

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