Alternating Weeks - Visitation Schedule Examples

The alternating weeks schedule

The alternating weeks schedule is a 50/50 residential schedule. Your child spends 1 week with one parent and the next week with the other parent. This repeats throughout the year.


Here's how this schedule looks in the calendar.

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Customizing the alternating weeks schedule

Here are some ideas of how to customize the alternating weeks schedule so that it works better for your situation.


You can pick any day of the week for the exchange. Here is the exchange on a Wednesday.


You can add a midweek visit to the other parent during the week. Here is a midweek visit on Tuesday evening.


You can add an overnight visit to the other parent during the week. Here is an overnight visit on Wednesday with an exchange on Sunday.


You can also show 3rd party time when your child is in school or in childcare and isn't with either parent.


As you customize your schedule, you can use a parenting timeshare calculator so that each parent still has 50% of the time with the child.

Pros and Cons of the alternating weeks schedule

Pros:

  • Parents are able to have a long time period with the child
  • Both parents have the child for the same amount of time so there may be less conflict over the schedule
  • There are limited exchanges
  • You can add midweek or overnight visits so the child doesn't spend an entire week away from either parent
  • Children who struggle with change and require consistency do well on this schedule
  • Usually easier for the child to stay current on school assignments and homework
  • Both parents are committed to a shared parenting arrangement for their child

Cons:

  • Parents of school aged children must live within a reasonable distance to the school
  • Parents must live reasonably close to each other
  • Some children may struggle having two living residences
  • Parents must communicate frequently and keep each other updated on school, activities, and the child's well being
  • Parents and/or the child may struggle being apart for an entire week

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