60/40 Custody & Visitation Schedules: 2 Examples
Here are some common residential schedules where 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 the 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 of the above schedules and use a visitation timeshare calculator to know exactly how much time each parent has with the children. You can also use a timeshare calculator to make sure your schedule is a 60/40 schedule.
There are many factors to consider in deciding what custody schedule is best for your child. As you look at different schedule ideas, you want to 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 children but the 50/50 schedules have too many exchanges
- Parents are able to communicate without conflict about the schedule and about 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
- The parents agree on a 60/40 schedule that they both think is best for the child
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 living with both parents to build a close relationship with each parent. 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. 3rd party time can change the parenting timeshare percentage that each parent has with the child. Marking 3rd party time can also show when each parent has quality parenting time with the child.
60/40 schedules are considered joint or shared custody schedules because both parents have significant and frequent contact with the children.