70/30 Custody & Visitation Schedules: 4 Examples
Here are some common residential schedules where one parent has 70% of the time with the child and the other parent has 30% of the time.
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The every weekend schedule has the child living with one parent during the week and the other parent on the weekends.
The 5-2 schedule has the child living with one parent for 5 days and the other parent for 2 days.
The every 3rd week schedule has the child living with one parent for 2 weeks and the other parent for 1 week.
The every 3rd day schedule has the child living with one parent for 2 days and the other parent for 1 day.
You can customize any of these schedules by changing visitation days, changing exchange times, adding other visits, etc.
As you make your schedule you can use a visitation timeshare calculator so you know how much parenting time each parent has.
There are many factors to consider when deciding on a custody schedule that will work best for your child. You want your schedule to help your child thrive and maintain a strong relationship with both parents.
70/30 schedules work best when:
- Your child needs a consistent home base
- Parents don't live very close to each other
- One parent has a busy work schedule or travels frequently
- Both parents want to be involved with the child, but a 50/50 or 60/40 schedule doesn't work
- Both parents agree on a 70/30 schedule they think is best for the child
The biggest drawback of the 70/30 schedule is that one parent has significantly more time with the child than the other parent. If a 70/30 schedule seems to be the best one for your child, but you want more balanced parenting time, you can use the holiday schedule or a summer break schedule to give more time to one parent.
You can also add midweek or overnight visits with the parent who has less time in your 70/30 schedule. This will change the parenting time percentages and may help both parents feel more involved in caring for the child.
The parent who has 30% of the time should make an extra effort to stay in touch with the child through phone calls, texting, video calls, etc. This can help you feel maintain an important role in the child's life.
If you want your schedule to show only the quality time each parent has with the child, you can include 3rd party time. 3rd party time is when neither parent has the child, like when the child is in day care or school. Putting 3rd party time in the schedule may affect the parenting timeshare percentages.