Alternating Every 2 Days: Custody & Visitation Schedules

The alternating every 2 days schedule is a 50/50 residential schedule that has the child alternate living with each parent every 2 days. It is also known as 2 days on, 2 days off.


Here's how it looks in the calendar.


The alternating every 2 days schedule is also called the 2 days on 2 days off schedule. It repeats every 4 weeks.

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Customizing the alternating every 2 days schedule

You can customize the alternating every 2 days schedule so it works for your family. Here are some examples of changes you can make.


You can change the day the schedule starts. Here the schedule starts on Monday with the child living with the father.


You can change the exchange times. Here is a schedule that starts on Sunday where the exchange times are at 8:00 am.


You can have different exchange times for different visits. Here is a schedule that starts on Monday where the exchange times vary between 12:00 pm and 10:30 am.


You can mark 3rd party time when your child is in school or daycare and not with either parent. Here is a schedule that shows when the child is in school


As you customize your schedule, a visitation timeshare calculator can show you the exact amount of time each parent has the children. This can help you make a custom alternating every 2 days schedule where the parents still have equal time.

Pros and Cons of an alternating every 2 days schedule

Pros:

  • The child is able to spend time with both parents each week.
  • The visits with each parent are frequent and shorter so there aren't long periods between seeing a parent.
  • This schedule works very well with some employment schedules.
  • This schedule can work well for younger children.
  • Both parents have equal time with the child so there may be less fighting over the schedule.
  • This is a shared parenting schedule so each parent is able to spend time providing daily care to the child.
  • Both parents are very involved in the child's life.

Cons:

  • There are frequent exchanges that require planning and organization.
  • The schedule is constantly changing so parents must keep track of when they have the child.
  • The child switches homes frequently and may have a hard time adapting.
  • Parents must be able to communicate well about the child's school, homework and other activities.
  • Parents must live close to each other.
  • Both parents must live close to the child's school.

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Custody X Change is software that creates custody schedules and professional parenting plan documents.

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