Alternating Weeks - Visitation Schedule Examples

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 ways to customize the alternating weeks schedule so 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 isn't with either parent, such as during school or day care.


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 have a long time period with the children.
  • Parents have the children 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 children don't spend an entire week away from either parent.
  • It provides consistency for children who struggle with change.
  • It often helps children stay current on school assignments and homework.

Cons:

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

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