About Us

Custody X Change makes life a little easier and less painful for divorced and separated parents and legal professionals. We provide software that helps parents to:

Spend adequate time with their children. Reduce conflict through better communication. Create fair schedules that both parents are happy with. Work toward parenting plans in the child’s best interests. Stay organized with the details of exchanges, notes and actual time-tracking.

Our History

We've made regular progress to Custody X Change since work began in 2003. We are currently working on exciting new improvements.

  • 2018

    November 1: Attorney accounts launched.

    October 31: Schedule creation improvements.

    August 1: Summer break schedules added.

    March 15: Expense tracking added with printable invoices.

  • 2017

    December 15: Calendars can now be shared.

    November 1: Added 100+ parenting provisions.

    August 22: Parenting plans added to our app.

    April 14: Calculation reports added to our app.

    February 16: We beta released our web-app, with calendars and journals.

  • 2016

    All Year: We continued to make improvements to the design and functionality of the upcoming web-enabled edition.

  • 2015

    All Year: We continued to make improvements to the design and functionality of the upcoming web-enabled edition.

  • 2014

    April 29: New website launched with improved content and linking.

    January 1: Design work began on a web-enabled edition of the software.

  • 2013

    September 28: The calendar was redesigned for improved interactivity with version 5.10.

    May 6: New website launched with tablet and mobile support.

    April 11: Expense tracking and a new office-like interface introduced with version 5.

  • 2012

    November 30: Parenting plan expanded to include 90+ provisions in version 4.70

    August 20: The calendar interface was overhauled in version 4.50.

    April 19: Actual-time tracking and journaling were enhanced with version 4.30.

  • 2011

    August 15: Version 4 was released, with an improved and streamlined interface.

    June 30: Improvements in ease-of-use were made during the first half of 2011.

  • 2010

    August 24: 3rd-party time was introduced with version 3.40.

    January 11: Version 3 was released, improving the calculation algorithms.

  • 2009

    August 10: Actual-time tracking and journaling were introduced with version 2.50.

    January 28: Parenting provisions were included in version 2.10.

  • 2008

    November 26: Version 2 was released, adding PDF support and one-time events.

  • 2008-2006

    New development was halted while Ben was in business school at MIT Sloan.

  • 2005

    December 28: The computational report was introduced with version 1.2.

    May 3: Version 1.0.0 was made available to the public.

  • 2004

    October 22: The first Beta version was released to a family court facilitators office.

    June 10: Ben quit his job and began coding Custody X Change.

  • 2003

    Late 2003: A respected family law attorney approached Ben with the idea to create software that calculates parenting time. They formed a partnership and worked on the design of the software. This partnership lasted through 2006.

Who We Are

We're a small, fully-remote team, committed to creating great experiences for parents and professionals facing difficult situations.

Ben Coltrin

Ben Coltrin: Co-founder and PresidentJoined June 2004

Ben was 21 years old when he quit his job to create the Custody X Change software. He loves building this software because it positively impacts real people's lives.

Ben has a Bachelor of Computer Science from California State University Sacramento, and a Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ben lives with his wife and three children in Riverton, Utah, in the United States.

André Werlang

André Werlang: Software DesignerJoined October 2015

André is a software development expert who specializes in system architecture. He likes to spend time on the details so that people will love to use his software.

He's passionate about solving problems and learning new and creative solutions.

André studied Computer Science at UNISINOS. He lives with his wife Lú in São Leopoldo, a small city located in Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil.

Auro Mota

Auro Mota: Software DeveloperJoined July 2016

Auro is a software developer who loves to master new technologies. He strives to write code that's easy to understand.

He is the lead guitarist of his band, Ávila. When he's not working or jamming out, he likes to go sightseeing or play video games.

Auro is currently earning a Systems Analyst degree at UNIVÁS. He lives in Pouso Alegre, a city located in Minas Gerais, in southeast Brazil.

Sandro Bonagura

Sandro Bonagura: Software DeveloperJoined June 2017

Sandro is a software developer who stays on the lookout for ways to prevent bugs and problems before they happen.

When he is not working, he is either playing video games or spending time with his wife. He loves all kinds of learning, not just technology.

Sandro has a Bachelor of System Analysis and Information Technology from FATEC-SCS. He lives with his wife in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.

Shea Drefs

Shea Drefs: Writer / ResearcherJoined July 2018

Shea makes complex topics easy to read. She began her career as a news reporter and has since written for travel websites, an Ivy League school, a Silicon Valley start-up and more.

She caught the travel bug after graduating from Arizona State University. She has since lived in England, Colombia, Guatemala and currently lives in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico.

When not writing, Shea is likely doing yoga or running — or dreaming of where she'll move next.

Emīls Vēveris

Emīls Vēveris: Marketing StrategistJoined July 2018

Emīls focuses on business growth and conversion optimization. He likes to run experiments, analyze data, and improve the design, marketing and user experience for websites and apps.

When not working, Emīls spends his time reading books or getting into adventures - hiking, exploring new places, snowboarding, bike riding, swimming, wakeboarding, surfing, kayaking and overall being outside as much as possible.

He lives in Latvia, a tiny country in Northen Europe.

Jose Urbina

José Urbina: Customer SuccessJoined November 2018

Jose enjoys listening to customers to understand their needs and to provide the best possible customer experience. He has worked in the customer departments of both Microsoft and Google.

He loves traveling, working out at the gym, and playing video games with his friends. He's currently earning an online degree in Computer Science from University of the People.

He lives with his family in Santa Tecla, a small city in El Salvador.

I found the software very easy to use. It’s flexible, making a tough job with a tricky schedule easier to work out.

Russ Hayes

Franklin, OH

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