2-2-5-5 Custody & Visitation - 50/50
The 2-2-5-5 schedule is an option if you share a 50/50 physical custody schedule. Your child will stay with one parent for two days, then two days with the other parent, five days with the first parent, and five days with the second parent.
This schedule does sound confusing but is really easy once implemented.
We have created a 2-2-5-5 schedule made in the Custody X Change software. Time with the mother is represented in pink and the father blue.
This schedule works very well and is a popular choice when both parents want to see the child more frequently. Living close to the child's school, the other parent, and having a good co-parenting relationship is also necessary for this plan to be successful. This schedule is more consistent because the weeknights with each parent remain the same and then the weekend alternates.
The main issue with this type of schedule is the constant change from one home to another. Some children struggle and feel like they are constantly a visitor and never really a part of either home. There also is the issue of school activities and homework. It is essential you and the other parent communicate about your child's school activities, homework, and struggles/successes.
- Children are able to spend time with both parents each week.
- Your child sees both parents working together for their benefit.
- The schedule is more consistent during the week and is easy to implement.
- Frequent exchanges which take more time and planning.
- Your child must be able to change homes frequently while still completing all their responsibilities.
You can make the 2-2-5-5 schedule work for you. We have created some different examples of the schedule meeting different needs.
This first schedule has simply been changed by flipping the time the parents had on the original schedule at the top of the page. This is done easily in the Custody Exchange Software by simply clicking a button.
This second example is the basic 2-2-5-5 schedule but the exchange time changed to 3:30 when the child gets out of school. This shows how you can easily make a small change to the schedule to fit your needs.
This third example we have changed the exchange time at 8:00 am so the exchange happens before the parents go to work.
Creating an alternating week schedule using Custody X Change is very simple.
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, select 2-2-5-5.
The calendar will automatically fill out for you. You can now make any desired changes. Also you can immediately see how any changes you make affect the percentage of times each parent has. Watch the video tutorial for additional information on creating a custody schedule.