Custody Advice

Where to begin:

Child custody advice
Common custody terms, getting started on a parenting agreement and where to turn for more information.

Child custody and visitation guidelines
These guidelines can help you through your custody case.

Child custody rules
Play by the custody rules, and you're likely to get the time you want with your children.

How to find out who has custody of a child
Here's how separating parents can learn who will have custody, and how schools, relatives and others can find out who already has custody.

Child custody information and resources
With so many decisions to make, you need access to the best child custody information.

15 child custody questions and answers | Must-know info
15 questions and answers regarding child custody cases. Covers parental rights, child support, false accusations and more with links to detailed articles.

How long do custody cases take?
It takes time to get a custody order, but how long? Find out factors that could make your custody case longer or shorter.

Choosing a parenting arrangement:

Co-parenting involves working with your ex to raise your child.

Parallel parenting
Parallel parenting lets both parents be involved in their child's life but interact with each other minimally.

Single parenting
Single parenting puts one parent in charge of providing all or the vast majority of their child's care.

This is an arrangement to avoid. Counterparents try to sabotage you at the expense of the child you share.

Building a case:

How to win child custody
Winning child custody means getting final orders for the custody arrangement that serves your child's best interests. Here's how to make it happen.

How to represent yourself in family court: Child custody
What you need to know before you represent yourself in a child custody case. Tips about evidence, the court process and tools to use.

Questions to ask in a custody case
When you and your spouse separate, you need to ask the right questions during the custody process. Here are questions you shouldn't forget.

Getting the best child custody order
Your custody order should give you ample time with your children. When you petition for a child custody order, use software to get much more visitation time.

Advice for specific situations:

Child custody when there's no court order
Find out how marital status determines who has custodial rights when there isn't a custody order.

The right to know where your child is during visitation
Do you have the right to know where your child is when they visit the other parent? Find out how you can guarantee you do.

How to de-escalate tension between you and your ex
Your divorce is not the end of your relationship when you have kids. When you co-parent, you must keep in contact in one way or another with your children's other parent.

7 ways to lose custody of your child: Moms and dads
A mother or a father can lose custody if they abuse, neglect, or otherwise endanger their child. Learn about the seven ways either parent can lose custody.

Who claims the child on US taxes with 50/50 custody
You should know who can claim your child on taxes when you have joint custody. If you can't agree, the IRS will decide for you. Find out how.

Can a parent take a child out of state without consent?
Traveling or moving out of state is often a point of contention for parents. Find out whether you need consent before you take your child out of state.

Full guides:

Mindful co-parenting guide: Helping children cope with divorce
If you are currently undergoing – or anticipating – a divorce or separation and feel worried about the welfare of your children, this guide will help.

Financial planning ultimate guide: Helping single parents with divorce
Divorce can have a devastating impact on your bank account, especially with children involved. This guide will help you navigate the divorce process effectively so that you can still adequately support yourself and your children.

Bring calm to co‑parenting. Agree on a schedule and plan. Be prepared with everything documented.

Make My Plan


50/50, 60/40, 70/30, 80/20

Long distance schedules

Third party schedules


Summer break

Parenting provisions


How to make a schedule

Factors to consider

Parenting plans:

Making a parenting plan

Changing your plan

Interstate, long distance

Temporary plans

Guides by location:

Parenting plans

Scheduling guidelines

Child support calculators

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:

Software overview

Printable calendars

Parenting plan templates

Journal what happens

Expense sharing

Parenting time tracking

Calculate time & overnights

Ways to use:

Succeed by negotiating

Prepare for mediation

Get ready for court