1st, 3rd and 5th Weekends - Visitation Schedule Examples

The 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedule

In the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends residential schedule your child lives with one parent and spends the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends with the other parent.


This is how the schedule looks in the calendar.


The 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedule gives one parent about 80% of the time with the child and the other parent about 20%.

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Examples of 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedules

You can modify your 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedule so it works better for you and your child. Here are some example schedules.


Here is a schedule where the exchange times are Friday morning and Sunday evening. You can choose whatever exchange times work best for you.


Here is a schedule where the 1st weekend of the month is longer because it starts on Thursday. You can have the weekends start and stop whenever you want.


Here is a schedule where there is a Thursday visit to the mom on the weeks when she doesn't have the weekend. You can add midweek visits as often as you like.


Here is a schedule where the dad has an overnight Wednesday visit on the weeks when he doesn't have the weekend. You can add overnight visits as often as you like.


Here is a schedule that shows 3rd party time--when the child is in school or daycare and not with either parent. Including 3rd party time changes the parenting timeshare percentages.


As you create your schedule you can use a visitation timeshare calculator so you know how much time each parent has with your child. This can help you as you look at different options and as you negotiate with the other parent.

Pros and Cons of a 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends schedule

Pros:

  • The schedule is consistent and it's easy to remember visitation time.
  • It works if you and the other parent live far away from each other.
  • The weekend times are flexible and can work around different employment schedules.
  • It works if one parent travels frequently.
  • There are very few exchanges so it can work for a high conflict situation.

Cons:

  • Your child will have long periods without seeing one parent.
  • One parent has substantially more time with the child and this can cause conflict over the schedule.
  • The parent who has the child only on weekends doesn't get to participate in the weekday routine with the child.
  • The parent who has the child on the weekends may not know what's going on with the child's school or other activities.
  • The rigid weekend schedule may conflict with a child's sporting events or other activities.

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