Examples of 50/50 Child Custody Schedules

Do you want a custody schedule that gives each parent equal time with the children? Here are some 50/50 child custody schedule examples to consider.

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Alternating Weeks

In this schedule, the parents simply alternate weeks of custody with the child. Of course, the parents can choose what day to exchange–this picture shows an exchange on Friday evening. This type of schedule works best if parents live close to each other and close to the child’s school or other activities. The advantage is that the child has a very stable schedule with few exchanges during the week. However, the child has to adjust weekly to a new living situation, and not all children are able to do this.

Variations: parents can add mid-week evening or overnight visits to the other parent if a week feels like too long of a stretch to not see the child. Parents can also choose to alternate custody every two weeks if that works better for them.

Splitting the Week in Half

In this schedule, the parents split the week in half and each parent has the child for half of the week. The parents can adjust the days and times to get the schedule they want. Again, with this schedule the parents both need to live close to the child’s school or other activities (if the child is old enough to go to school).

Variations: Parents can add an evening or afternoon visit to the other parent during any of the days.

2/2/5/5 Split Custody Schedule

This schedule gives one parent 2 days with the children and then the other parent 2 days with the children. Then, each parent has 5 days with the children. This is a lot of switching back and forth for the child–so it is helpful if the parents live close to each other and the child adapts well to each home.

Parents can adjust the days and times of exchanges so that they alternate weekends. They can also add afternoon or evening visits as they feel they are necessary.

3/3/4/4 Split Custody Schedule

This schedule is like the one above, except that the parents each have 3 days and then they each have 4. Some parents find great success with switching so often, and other parents find that it is too complicated for their children. You should base your custody schedule on what works best for your child.

Again, parents can switch the exchange days so that they have different days with the children–this schedule can be arranged so the parents alternate weekends.

Other Variations

The great thing about using Custody X Change (where all of the previous pictures are from) is that it is really easy to set up 50/50 child custody schedules. With the program, you can set up different custody and visitation schedules and see the exact timeshare percentage that each parent has with the children. This means you can add visitation and change the custody times so each parent really has fifty percent of the time with the children. You can also adjust holiday time and add vacation schedules to equal out the time. If you want to make a 50/50 schedule, you should download the software.

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June 14, 2010 | Child custody & visitation blog | RSS feed
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