Examples of Common Custody Schedules — Part Three
We’re continuing to show examples and samples of common custody and vistitation schedules that people set up in their custody agreements and parenting plans. Hopefully you can look through these schedules and find one–or a combination of some–that can fit your needs and work for you and your child. Along with each schedule, the time-share percentage that each parent has with the child is provided. This is so you can see the actual time you’d have with the children if you set up your schedule that way. Note: the time-share percentage provided does not account for holiday, vacation, or special event time. It is only the time-share for the basic repeating cycle of custody.
1. Alternating extended weekends and one evening visit per week. The alternating extended weekends means the weekend goes through Monday (or can be started on Thursday night to include all of Friday). The non-custodial gets visitation every other weekend and one evening visit sometime during the week. A month of the schedule looks like this:
The length of the visit, of course, can be altered. This schedule is set up so the visit during the week is three hours. The weekend visits start on Friday night and go through until Monday evening. The time-share percentage for the custodial parent is 76.85% and the time-share percentage with the non-custodial parent is 23.15%. The great thing about Custody X Change is that you can experiment with different visitation times and lengths and see how that affects the time-share percentage. For example, if I go back to the schedule I just put in, but extend the evening visit for just two hours, the time-share for the non-custodial parent increases by more than a percent (24.34%). This may seem small, but it helps you to know that you’re getting more time with your child.
2. Alternating extended weekends with an overnight visit during the week. In this schedule, the non-custodial parent gets visitation every other weekend (for an extended period of time) and one overnight visit during the week. The calendar looks like this:
The time-share for the custodial parent is 64.38% and the time-share for the non-custodial parent is 35.62%.
3. First, Third, and Fifth weekends. The non-custodial parent has visitation on the first, third and fifth weekends. The weekend consists of an overnight on Friday and Saturday and an end time Sunday evening. This is the calendar:
This is more of a sole custody agreement with visitation for the other parent. The custodial parent has 84.38% of the time and the non-custodial parent has 15.62%. This could also be modified to the weekends being extended. If the visits are extended until Monday evening, the time-share changes to 76.71% with the custodial parent and 23.29% for the non-custodial parent.
It’s helpful for many parents to look at different ideas and then create a unique custody schedule that works for their parenting plan. This can allow you to make up an calendar that works for the children and both parents.