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How calendars can help resolve child custody disputes

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Family Law

Minnesota parents who are going through a divorce may be asked to provide information for child custody and support purposes that can seem hard to come by. That might include dates of teacher-parent conferences, details on a child’s extracurricular activities or information on medical appointments. It can be hard to pull all of this information together at the best of times, and during a divorce, there is additional stress. However, many of these details can often be found on parents’ calendars.

Useful information

Whether these are digital or old-fashioned wall calendars, it is likely that parents have included many of the details about their lifestyle and that of their children. This can help fill in a lot of the potential holes in information when it comes time to look at that lifestyle and begin considering what kind of arrangements might work best for child custody and support.

Calendars for documentation

Parents may hear the suggestion that “documentation” can help them back up their reports about what their children did and what their expenses were like. This can make it sound as though they need to produce official reports, but notations on a calendar can be useful documentation in this context.

A record of time and expenses

Calendars can also help jog parents’ memories if a judge or attorney requests specific information. In addition, a calendar may provide a sense of how much time the child spent with each parent, which can be relevant in child custody negotiations. Furthermore, any incidents that resulted in unusual expenses, potentially important in determining child support, may also be recorded on calendars.

Parents who are going through a divorce or who are considering ending their marriage might want to keep calendars around at the end of the year in case it is useful in the year ahead. If disagreements arise about how much time or money either parent spent with their children, calendars may provide the necessary information to settle these disputes.