50/50 Custody & Visitation Schedules

What is a 50/50 schedule?

The 50/50 physical custody schedule means the child's time is divided equally between you and the other parent. It is also referred to as a rotating schedule or joint physical custody. It has become the new and popular alternative of  having a child live primarily with one parent and have a few "visitations" with the other.

Many parents, psychologists, and judges feel it is very important for the child to be a part of both parents lives. This does not mean that it is the best choice for your child or the judge will award it. Many issues are taken into consideration before deciding what is the best physical custody schedule.

Below is a visual calendar showing the child spends equal time with both parents. There are many different types of schedules for you to choose from. This is an alternating weeks schedule made on the Custody X Change software. Time with the mother is represented in pink and the father blue.

Will a 50/50 schedule work for me?

The 50/50 time schedule can work in a variety of ways. You can have frequent exchanges where the child goes back and forth multiple times a week or have your child stay for longer periods at each residence.

50/50 physical custody requires a great deal of communication with the other parent. You will have to frequently discuss the life of your child, school, health, and social situations. Additionally, you will need to work with the other parent's family and significant other.

50/50 also works best if both parents live in close proximity to each other. School, activities, and exchange times are easier. There are a few schedules where both parents can live further apart but still need to be relatively close.

Pros:

  • Child builds a close relationship with both parents.
  • Both parents are able to be consistently involved in their child's life.
  • Child knows they are loved and cared for by both parents.

Cons:

  • Child has two homes instead of one "primary" residence.
  • Both parents must be able to get along and discuss the child without fighting.
  • Child has to be able to adapt and handle the pressures of constant change.
  • Parents need to live close to each other.
What are some variations with a 50/50 schedule?

There are many different types of the 50/50 schedule. Each schedule can work very well depending on the lifestyle and attitude of you, the other parent, and the child. Below we have some of the different types of 50/50 schedules. These have each been created in the Custody X Change software and can be adjusted to your situation.

This first schedule is called the 3-4-4-3 schedule. It has minimal exchanges and your child can spend time with both parents each week.

The second schedule is the 2-2-5-5. There are more exchanges with this schedule and the weekends alternate.

This schedule is called a 2-2-3 schedule. Again the child goes back and forth multiple times a week.

The following schedule is known as the two weeks each schedule. This is different because the child spends much longer periods with each parent.

This last schedule is called the every weekend with school time removed. The child spends the week with one parent and the weekend with the other. It is considered a 50/50 schedule because the time the child spends at school is not counted toward either parents time.

How do I create a 50/50 schedule using Custody X Change?

Creating your own 50/50 schedule using Custody X Change is very simple.

First, download and install the free edition.

Next, click on the first tab, "Regular Schedule" and you will see a calendar. To the right of the calendar is a menu of all the different custody schedules or the ability to create your own. Under the 50/50 title there are a large number of schedules. Choose the one which works best for your situation.

The calendar will automatically fill out for you. You can now make any needed changes. Watch the video tutorial for additional information on creating a custody schedule.

Custody X Change is software that makes it easy to document your situation and stay organized.

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