Many estranged couples in California are parents of young children. After a split, both parties will have to go through the family court to establish custody of the children. This is how keeping a calendar can help in a custody dispute.
Why you should use a calendar
In child custody cases, the court wants to ensure that all decisions made are based on the best interests of the child. As a result, using a calendar can benefit you when you and the other parent have a hearing to determine custody. When you keep track of all important matters related to time spent with your child, it serves as vital evidence to present to the court that you are a major part of your child’s life.
Maintaining a calendar can help show the dates and amounts of time you regularly spend with your child; it also outlines the activities you’ve engaged in with them and shows the court that you are a dedicated parent actively in your child’s life and deserve child custody.
Things to track in your calendar
It could help your custody case to track certain things in your calendar. The judge wants to ensure that you are a participant in all aspects of your child’s life. As such, it’s crucial to track all important matters such as therapy visits, all medical or dental appointments, school-related activities, extracurricular activities, religious events and family get-togethers. Make note of each time you help your child with their homework or tutoring.
Additionally, your calendar should show the dates and times you exchange visitation with your former spouse. Include the distance traveled to and from events and the days and times you pick up or drop off your child.
The more detailed your calendar, the better it is for your custody case. The judge will see that you are serious about giving your child the best life.