When choosing a custody schedule, it's important to find a routine that works for your entire family. Some things to consider include both parents' work schedules, your kids' school schedules, extra-curricular activities, and even traffic if you live more than 30 miles apart. Each custody schedule shown here allows both parents to enjoy 50% of the parenting time. Click on any calendar to see a larger image.
More Child Custody Schedules: 12 Parenting Time and Visitation Schedules
This is a popular custody schedule for parents who share 50/50 child custody. With this plan the children would live at mom's house one week, and then dad's house the next week, and so on. Many families choose to make the transition on Fridays, but you could choose whatever day of the week works best for you.Special Considerations:
- You may need to swap some weeks in order to ensure that both parents receive at least one vacation week during the school year.
- Some parents who start out with alternating weeks find that as their children get older, they need to change their custody schedule to accommodate the kids' school and social commitments.
Alternating Weeks With an Evening Visit
Alternating Weeks With a Mid-Week Overnight
A 2-2-3 Day Rotation
A 3-3-4-4 Day Rotation
A 2-2-5-5 Day Routine
This routine is similar to 3-3-4-4, but the children reside with Parent A for two days, then Parent B for two days, followed by five days with Parent A and then five days with Parent B. Like the 3-3-4-4 day rotation, this schedule allows the children to always spend Sundays through Mondays in one residence, and Tuesdays through Wednesdays at the other. This way, the only days that fluctuate from week to week are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Whatever custody schedule you choose, remember to give everyone in your family time to adjust before making changes. Making the plan formal by writing it into an official parenting plan will help everyone stick to the plan, as well. And consider revisiting the plan annually to make sure that the schedule continues to meet all of your needs.