2-2-5-5 Visitation Schedule Examples

The 2-2-5-5 schedule

In the 2-2-5-5 residential schedule, your child lives 2 days with one parent, 2 days with the other parent, 5 days with the first parent, and 5 days with the second parent.


This is the 2-2-5-5 schedule repeated in the calendar.


Depending on how you customize your schedule and what day your schedule starts, you may end up with a 5-5-2-2 schedule, a 2-5-5-2 schedule, a 5-2-2-5 schedule, a 2-5-2-5 schedule or a 5-2-5-2 schedule. These are all variations on the same two week repeating schedule.

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2-2-5-5 example schedules

You should customize your 2-2-5-5 schedule so it is effective for your situation. Here are some examples.


This schedule has exchange times at 9:00 am and starts on Thursday. If you start this schedule on Sunday it is a 5-2-2-5 schedule.


This schedule has different exchange times at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. This means the 2 day visits are a little longer and the 5 day visits are a little shorter but it gives both parents weekend time.


This 2-2-5-5 schedule starts on Monday and shows 3rd party time--when the child is in daycare or school and isn't with either parent. If you start this schedule on Wedneday it is a 2-5-5-2 schedule.


As you create your schedule you can use a parenting timeshare caluculator to know the percentage of time each parent has with the child. This can help you make changes to your schedule and keep the parenting time percentages where you want.

Pros and Cons of a 2-2-5-5 schedule

Pros:

  • Your child is able to spend time with both parents each week.
  • Your child doesn't go a long time without seeing a parent.
  • The schedule is consistent during the week and is structured.
  • Your child lives with the parents on mostly the same days so it is fairly easy to remember.
  • Both parents have equal amounts of parenting time so there may be less fighting about the schedule.
  • This is a shared parenting schedule so both parents provide daily caregiving to the child.
  • This schedule can work very well if parents have nontraditional work schedules.
  • This schedule can work for younger children who aren't in school.

Cons:

  • There are frequent exchanges which the parents must remember and keep track of.
  • One parent may have the child every weekend.
  • Your child changes homes frequently and may struggle with adapting.
  • Since your child will spend weekdays in both parents' homes, the parents must communicate about school, homework and other activities.
  • The parents must live relatively close to each other.
  • If a child is in school, both parents must live close to the school.

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