3rd Party Time in Your Visitation Schedule
3rd party time is when your child isn't with either parent. This can be when your child is in day care or school, with relatives like grandparents, etc.
Marking when your child isn't with either parent shows you how much time with the child each parent really has. This can help you create a custody schedule that makes both parents happy.
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You can use a parenting timeshare calculator to see how much time each parent actually has with the child when you exclude 3rd party time.
Here are some examples of how 3rd party time changes the parenting time in a schedule.
This every extended weekend schedule gives the father 60% of the time with the child and the mother 40%.
If you mark when the child is in day care, the parenting time changes so each parent has roughly 50% of the time with the child.
This every weekend schedule gives the mother 70% of the time with the child and the father 30%.
When you mark the time when the child is in school, the parenting time changes so the mother has 65% of the time with the child and the father has 35%.
This schedule gives the father 60% of the time with the child and the mother 40%.
Adding three grandparent visits during the week changes the parenting time so the father has 56% of the time with the child and the mother has 44%.
Calculating parenting time with 3rd party time taken into account can make it easier to agree on a schedule.
Including 3rd party time results in more accurate percentages, so it can encourage parents to consider options they would otherwise write off.
For example, a 60/40 parenting time divide in a schedule may come closer to 50/50 if you include 3rd party time. A 70/30 divide may come closer to 60/40.
Your court may not recognize 3rd party time in your custody schedule, but you can use it as you build your schedule so that both parents get a clear picture of their actual parenting time.