Custody Research

Hennepin County's top custody schedules determined for first time
October 6, 2022 — An analysis of court records reveals the most popular child custody schedules in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Statistics: Hire a divorce attorney for the best custody outcome
August 24, 2021 — When both parents have attorneys, they're more likely to share joint custody and settle out of court. Other surprising divorce and custody stats.

1 in 4 states don't require judge to consider child's custody preference
November 17, 2020 — Only one U.S. state lets a child choose who takes custody of them. More than a quarter of states don't even require a judge to consider a child's preference.

Map: How much is child support in your state?
June 10, 2019 — The size of your child support payment depends heavily on where you live, according to research from Custody X Change. A typical parent's payment can vary by over $700 a month from state to state. See also: Appendix

Map: How much custody time does dad get in your state?
June 5, 2018 — Custody X Change conducted a first-of-its-kind study and found that parenting time varies dramatically as you cross state lines. Nationwide, a father is likely to receive about 35% of child custody time. See also: Appendix

Legal professionals: Speak with us
We interview legal professionals so we can provide practical information to help parents ensure the best possible future for their children.

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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

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Joint legal custody

Sole legal custody

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Journal what happens

Expense sharing

Parenting time tracking

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Ways to use:

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