Showcased Articles, Tips and Schedules
Should you ever revisit your parenting plan?
Anyone that is currently in a co-parenting situation knows how important his or her parenting plan is. It takes a lot of consideration when originally drafting it, and it can take a good amount of effort to make sure you follow it to the best of your availability.
How to descalate tension between you and your ex
Your divorce is not the end of your relationship when you have kids in the mix. When you co-parent, you must still keep in contact in one way or another with your children’s other parent.
Spouse skeptical of divorce mediation? Here’s how to get them to the table
There’s a very good chance that when you and your spouse decide it’s time to call your marriage quits, it’s because you don’t see eye to eye on a few things. That means you might not both agree on the best path forward.
Why you probably shouldn’t fight for sole custody
Except in extreme circumstances, like if your spouse has violent tendencies, you might want to skip the push for sole physical custody.
Legal considerations for marrying into a stepparenting role
When considering whether or not to marry into a stepparenting role, every situation is different. However, there are a few points of interest that you’ll definitely want to put some thought into.
How to prepare for a child support hearing in California
We asked several practicing family law attorneys in California what a parent should do to prepare for a child support hearing. Here is what they said.
How to handle a co-parent who is sabotaging your parenting plan
Your parenting plan is non-negotiable after the court has approved it, but that doesn't mean both parents will abide by it. Learn how to deal with an unsatisfied parent's attempts to neglect the plan.
7 often overlooked provisions to include in your parenting plan
The importance of having a well-thought-out parenting plan cannot be overlooked. Consider adding these provisions so your plan covers more than the basics.
5 important questions to ask your family law attorney about custody & divorce
When you're geting a divorce, it's important to find an attentive legal representative. Ask your potential attorney these questions to ensure they are the right fit to handle your case.
5 tips for parents when divorce is inevitable
Divorcing is difficult, especially when you have children. These tips from family law attorneys can help minimize tensions for everyone involved.
Infographic: Making a parenting and visitation schedule
Child custody is a complex issue. Luckily, Custody X Change has created this infographic of definitions, tips and advice to help you during this difficult time.
Creating the perfect temporary visitation schedule
A temporary visitation schedule lays out the time each parent gets to spend with their child while their divorce or custody case is in progress. Find out how to create a schedule that can work short- and long-term.
Sole custody agreements: Proving your case
You should seek sole custody if the other parent poses a threat to your's child welfare. The following tips will help you make your case in court.
Getting a fair custody agreement: Advice for dads
Despite many states having laws against gender-based rulings, fathers tend to get less custodial time than mothers. If you're a father, here's some advice on how to get your desired timeshare.
A father’s word about out-of-state custody
Moving to a different state without your child can be tough. In this interview, a father details his experience with interstate child custody, and gives advice on how to handle this arrangement.
Long distance custody agreements & schedules: Things to consider
If one parent moves a significant distance away, you'll have to adjust your current custody arrangement. Consider the following when making a long distance custody schedule.
International custody agreements and visitation schedules
You'll have to make special accommodations if one parent moves to a different country. Stipulate in your custody agreement how to handle these topics to protect your child and your parental rights.
Creating long distance visitation schedules for toddlers and young children
Toddlers and young children benefit tremendously from having both parents involved in their lives. Find out how to maintain a balanced parenting arrangement after a parent moves away.
The new mother’s guide to newborn and infant visitation schedules
If you're a first time mother and separated from your baby’s father, figuring out a custody arrangement can be difficult. Use this guide as a starting point to dividing custody and visitation.
Preparing a sample parenting plan for mediation
Although mediation takes place outside of the courtroom, you should still prepare a parenting plan. Here's why.
Preparing for court: What to expect
You'll want to be fully prepared for your first child custody hearing. These tips will help you get ready to present your case in court.
50/50 child custody schedules part one: Alternating every 2 days & 2-2-3 visitation
In this three-part series, we'll explore the different types of 50/50 physical custody schedules. In part one, you'll learn what 50/50 custody is and what's required to make it successful, then look at two common shared custody schedules.
50/50 child custody schedules part two: Alternating weeks & 2-2-5-5
In part two of our 50/50 physical custody schedule series, we discuss the alternating weeks and 2-2-5-5 schedules. Could one work for your situation?
50/50 child custody schedules part three: Two weeks each & 3-4-4-3
In the third and final part of our 50/50 physical custody schedule series, you'll learn about two very different schedule options: 2 weeks each and 3-4-4-3.
60/40 custody schedule samples: How it works (every extended weekend & 4-3)
A 60/40 child custody schedule is one possibility for your final custody order. Learn more about these schedules which have your child spend 60% of their time with one parent and 40% of their time with the other parent.
70/30 custody: Every 3rd week & every weekend schedule examples
A 70/30 child custody schedule allots 70% of parenting time to one parent and 30% to the other. This is a great custody schedule for many families with busy work or school schedules. Could it work for you?
50/50 custody schedule examples: 2-2-3 | 2-2-5-5 | 3-4-4-3
50/50 custody schedules are becoming more popular as a way to allow children to develop close bonds with their parents. Explore three schedules to see if one might suit your situation.
60/40 child custody: 4-3 custody schedule example
A 60/40 schedule is ideal for parents who do not have the schedule to accomodate a shared arrangement but want to spend significant time with their children. Find out more about a common 60/40 schedule, the 4-3.
Comparing 50/50 custody and 70/30 custody: Which is better?
Choosing a child custody schedule can be an exhausting task due to the wide variety of schedules that exist. Use this article to narrow down your choices by learning the differences between 50/50 custody and 70/30 custody.
Weekly custody schedules and their differences
Frequent exchanges between each parent's home can cause significant stress for some children. If this is true for your child, a weekly schedule with exchanges once a week, every two weeks or every three weeks is ideal.
Parenting plan template for babies: Things to consider
If possible, it's essesntial that each parent see their baby frequently and have a part in the baby's upbringing. Every parent of a child 0-18 months old should keep these things in mind when making a parenting plan.
A parenting plan template for parents in high conflict
If you're in a contentious custody battle, a standard parenting plan won't suit your situation. Follow this parenting plan template created by psychologist Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D, ABPP if you're in a high conflict case.
Right of first refusal in your parenting plan or custody agreement
The right of first refusal custody provision can help you get more time with your child. Learn what it is and how to implement it in your parenting plan.
Child custody visitation schedule template: 4 important categories
Are you looking for a child custody visitation schedule template? Here is a basic one to get you started.
Examples of 50/50 child custody schedules: 4 common examples
There are many ways to divide your custody schedule so that each parent gets nearly equal time with the kids. The following are 50/50 child custody schedule options to consider.
Holiday visitation schedules: Why you need one
Including a holiday schedule in your parenting plan will ensure each parent has time with the children on special occasions. Here are three ways to assign holidays in your parenting plan.
Out-of-state custody & visitation: 6 schedule ideas & considerations
Parents who live in different states need a long distance visitation schedule. Use these schedule ideas and advice to make your long distance plan.
6 common parenting plan provisions
When making a parenting plan, you should have an idea of the issues you want to address. This article discusses the basic issues your plan should cover.
Figuring out vacations in the parenting plan and custody agreement
Your parenting plan should specify schedules for school breaks and vacations. This advice will help you schedule vacation time and set ground rules both parents must follow.
5 examples of shared parenting time schedules
In continuing to look at examples of parenting time schedules for your custody agreement, we’re going to look at some common schedules where the parents have more equal time with the children.
Sample parenting time schedules: 7 examples with pictures
Setting up a parenting time schedule is an enormous task for divorced and separated parents. Use these 7 examples to decide on a schedule that will work for your situation.
Sample custody stipulations: 9 common examples
Custody stipulations are the guiding principles of your custody agreement. Here are 9 essential provisions parents should include in their parenting plan to specify how they will raise their children.
Shared parenting schedule examples: 2-2-3 and alt. weeks variations
Shared parenting is another word for joint custody or co-parenting. Learn about the 2-2-3 custody schedule and how you can customize the alternating weeks schedule so the child sees each parent more often.
Joint child custody: Pros and cons
Joint child custody occurs when both parents can make decisions for the child and/or have equal physical custody. Weigh the pros and cons before choosing a joint custody arrangement.
Examples of common custody schedules w/ timeshare percentages - Part one
You've seen several schedules, but how much time will you really be spending with your children? In part one of our series on varying timeshare percentages, we take a look at the every weekend, alternating weeks and alternating weekends schedules.
Examples of common custody schedules w/ timeshare percentages - Part two
In part two of our timeshare series, we explore the alternating weekends schedule to see how adding visits during the week and extending the weekend increases timeshare.
Examples of common custody schedules w/ timeshare percentages - Part three
The final part in our timeshare series looks at how you can adjust the alternating extended weekends schedule to increase the non-custodial parent's timeshare, and the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedule.
Examples of joint custody schedules (2-2-5-5 and 3-4-4-3)
There are several joint custody arrangements. The 2-2-5-5 and 3-4-4-3 schedules are ideal for parents who want to see their children throughout the week.
Ackerman parenting plan in Custody X Change
The Ackerman schedule is a joint custody schedule developed by parenting experts. See schedules for the school year and summer to determine if this arrangment suits your situation, and the challenges you may face when implementing it.