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Child Custody Factor #15: Judges consider the particular parenting tasks customarily performed by each parent. A parenting task is work conducted by a parent to care for a child which may include changing diapers, feeding a child, helping a child get dressed, brushing a child’s hair, bathing a child, cleaning up after a child, putting a child in a car seat, doing laundry, taking a child to the doctor’s office, brushing a child’s teeth or ensuring that a child brushes his or her own teeth, helping a child with homework, etc.

The Child Custody Judge shall also consider the division of parental responsibilities before the child custody litigation and during the pending child custody case, including the extent to which parenting responsibilities were undertaken by third parties.

In order to be prepared for your divorce or paternity case, prepare a journal. List all parental tasks that each parent performed prior to the child custody case and which tasks each parent performed after the filing of the divorce or paternity action. Also list all tasks that were performed by anyone other than the parents. For example, a grandmother may be the one who takes the child to the doctor. When preparing a journal include names and contact information of any pertinent witnesses.

This 20 part series tracks what judges are required to consider when making child custody and parenting plan determinations to help parents focus on what is relevant to the court to effectively present their divorce, paternity or modification case. Factors 1 to 14 are in the child custody archieves section of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A.’s Blog.