Custody Guides for Different Family Members


Paternity and paternity tests
All about paternity and DNA testing. What happens after paternity has been established, and how fathers can protect their rights.

How to get a court-ordered paternity test (and who pays)
Learn what to expect when you're about to have a court-ordered paternity test. Who participates, who pays and what the outcome means for you.

Fathers' custody and visitation rights — unwed, unmarried, divorced
Stand up for your rights as a father. Get your fair share of time with your child.

Fathers' rights during pregnancy
Learn what rights one parent has during the other's pregnancy: the right to know about the baby, rights in abortion and financial rights.

Getting a fair custody arrangement: 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.

What are the chances of a father getting full custody?
The chances of a father getting full custody are higher than ever. Find out your rights as a father and what you can do to prove your case in court.

Family court bias against fathers: Does it still exist?
It's a long-standing debate: Are family courts biased against fathers? Find out about the origins of this belief and how fathers can combat bias in court.


Mom: Empower yourself after a separation
When you're a mom, separating from your spouse or partner isn't easy. However, these five tips for self-empowerment could help you thrive.

Family court bias against mothers: Real or not?
Bias against mothers in family court is often overlooked. If you're a mother, find out how to spot and combat judicial bias in court.

Unmarried parents:

Unmarried parents and child custody
Unmarried parents have custody and visitation rights. You need to stand up for those rights.


Stepparenting with custody issues: Plan effective visitation time
As a step parent, it's crucial to settle your custody situation to focus your efforts on effective parenting.

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.


Grandparents child custody & visitation rights: See your grandkids
Your grandchildren need you. Don't lose them because of a divorce.

Aunts & uncles:

Aunts' and uncles' rights | Child custody and visitation
In some places, aunts and uncles have a right to visits with their nieces and nephews. Learn more, plus your options for legal guardianship or custody.

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Succeed by negotiating

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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