Custody in Special Circumstances


Supervised visitation
When supervised visitation is necessary and how it works.

Supervised exchanges
When supervised exchanges are necessary and how they differ from supervised visits.

Long-distance families:

Interstate parenting plans and visitation schedules
Information about making a parenting plan and custody schedule when parents live in different states.

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.

International custody agreements
You'll have to make special accommodations if one parent moves to a different country. Stipulate in your custody agreement how to handle such a move to protect your child and your parental rights.

Problems with a co-parent:

Co-parenting with a narcissist: Tips and strategies
The strategies and tools you need to co-parent with a narcissist. Understand how narcissism impacts parenting and learn to communicate with your narcissist ex.

Domestic violence in family law | Abuse in custody cases
If you're alleging that the other parent has been abusive, learn what the court wants, which professionals can help, and how to present your case.

How restraining orders affect custody & co-parenting
Restraining orders make child custody especially complicated. Learn how they affect custody decisions, how to co-parent with a restraining order and more.

Parental alienation
Parental alienation is a controversial concept that proposes a parent can manipulate their child into rejecting their other parent.

Signs of inappropriate co-parenting, plus solutions
Co-parenting is all about working together. When parents do the opposite, you have inappropriate co-parenting. Learn the signs and how to combat it.

When a parent withholds medical info from the other parent
Accessing your child's medical info is essential to ensuring they get the care they need. Here's what you can do when a parent withholds information.

Problems with visitation:

What to do when the other parent withholds your child
Parents may resort to withholding their child to punish their ex. Here's what you can do to see your child again or protect your child from danger.

When can you deny visitation to the noncustodial parent?
Barring certain circumstances, denying the noncustodial parent their visitation rights can hurt your custodial rights. Learn when you can and cannot.

What happens if the noncustodial parent misses visitation?
Visitation does not always happen as scheduled. Find out what you can do as a custodial parent when the noncustodial parent misses visits.

How to write a visitation agreement letter
If your co-parent is making it hard for you to have your court-ordered parenting time, send a letter. Here's what to say and how to send it.

When parenting time conflicts with extracurricular activities
If you feel extracurriculars are eating into your parenting time, use these tips to incorporate them into your custody schedule fairly.

Other special circumstances:

Child custody when you're living with a new partner
What parents need to know about how living with a new partner can affect child custody.

Child custody issues for parents with mental illness
Mental illness could impact how a parent parents. Whether you or your ex is living with a mental illness, it will impact the custody decision.

Can you sign over child custody without going to court?
Signing over custody to a co-parent or relative is complicated. Here's what you should know before attempting to sign custody over outside of court.

Sample letter of consent to travel with 1 parent
Download our free PDF or Microsoft Word consent form for traveling with one parent. Bringing a letter helps you avoid travel delay and legal issues.

Custody of a dog or cat: Pet custody agreements
After a breakup, who gets to keep the dog or cat? Animals are legally property, but some courts may give you an order for sharing ownership with your ex.

Explore examples of common schedules

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Organize your evidence

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Co-parent civilly

Our parent-to-parent messaging system, which detects hostile language, lets you collaborate without the drama.

Get an accurate child support order

Child support is based on parenting time or overnights in most jurisdictions. Calculate time instead of estimating.

Succeed by negotiating

Explore options together with visual calendars and detailed parenting plans. Present alternatives and reach agreement.

Never forget an exchange or activity

Get push notifications and email reminders, sync with other calendar apps and share with the other parent.

Save up to $50,000 by avoiding court

Write your parenting agreement without lawyers. Our templates walk you through each step.

Make My Plan



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