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How keeping a calendar can help in a custody dispute

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2023 | Family Law |

If you are in the middle of a custody dispute, you might find use for an old calendar, which can provide you with a wealth of information related to your New Jersey children. Keep it close to track dates and expenses, which can be useful in your negotiations or in front of a judge.

An old calendar can help you create your parenting schedule

When you are in the middle of a child custody dispute, figuring out the parenting schedule is important. To do this, however, you also need to know each child’s schedule as well as that of both parents. The big things, like school and jobs, will be easy to remember. But the smaller details, such as the different activities and events, might sometimes be overlooked. An old calendar can help with this, including:

  • Identifying the days of your children’s sports and extra-curricular activities by season
  • Anticipating visits to doctors, therapists and other health professionals throughout the year
  • Estimating the number of birthday parties and playdates

Negotiating the expenses

Raising children involves many expenses that you might not remember in the middle of a tense custody dispute. However, you can also use an old calendar to help you with this. For example, you can estimate how much you spend on activities and sports, including any overnight travel if your children are competitive athletes. You can also predict the number of doctor and therapist visits and how much you will spend on co-pays. Additionally, by looking at other events such as birthday parties and playdates, you can also estimate how much money you will spend on additional expenses such as gifts.

Keeping your old calendar can help you answer important questions that can make a difference in the outcome of the custody dispute. With this information in hand, it might also be easier to create your parenting schedule.

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