60/40 Custody & Visitation Schedules: 2 Examples
Here are some common residential schedules in which one parent has the child for 60% of the time and the other parent has the child for 40%.
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The every extended weekend schedule has your child spend weekdays with one parent and a long weekend with the other parent.
The 4-3 schedule has your child spend 4 days with one parent and 3 days with the other parent.
You can customize any schedule and use a visitation timeshare calculator to know exactly how much time each parent has with the child. You can also use a timeshare calculator to make sure your schedule is a true 60/40 split.
There are many factors to consider when deciding what custody schedule is best. As you look at different ideas, think about what is best for your child physically, emotionally, and mentally.
A 60/40 schedule works well when:
- Parents both want substantial time with the child, but 50/50 schedules have too many exchanges
- Parents are able to communicate without conflict about the schedule and the child
- Parents live fairly close to each other so the exchanges aren't a burden
- The child does well living in two houses and feels comfortable with change
Many parents, psychologists, and judges feel it is very important for the child to be a part of both parents' lives. A 60/40 schedule allows a child to spend enough time with each parent to build close relationships with them both. This helps the child feel loved and cared for by both parents.
You can also include 3rd party time in your schedule to show when your child isn't with either parent, like when your child is in school or at daycare. This can change the parenting timeshare and show more accurately when each parent has quality parenting time.
60/40 schedules count as joint or shared physical custody because both parents have significant and frequent contact with the children.