Every 3rd Weekend: Custody & Visitation Schedules
In the every 3rd weekend schedule, the child lives with one parent and visits the other parent every 3rd weekend.
The visit will not always fall on the 3rd weekend of a calendar month.
This is how it looks in the calendar.
The basic every 3rd weekend schedule gives one parent a little more then 85% of the time with the child and the other parent a little less then 15%.
Custody X Change is software that creates custody and visitation schedules and professional parenting plan documents.
You can customize the every 3rd weekend schedule so it works better for you. Here are some example schedules with changes you can make.
Change the times of the weekend visit. Here the weekend starts at 10:00 am on Friday and goes to noon on Monday.
Shift the days of the weekend visit. Here the weekend visit starts at 12:00 pm on Thursday and ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
Add visits during the week. Here there's a midweek visit on Wednesday afternoons.
Add overnight visits during the week. Here, when the parent doesn't have the weekend with the child, they have a Thursday overnight visit. (The weekend also starts on Thursday for consistency.)
Include 3rd party time when the child isn't with either parent. Here is a schedule that shows when the child is in school. Showing 3rd party time will probably change the timeshare percentages of the parents.
You can use a visitation timeshare calculator as you look at options for your schedule. This allows you to explore different schedules and see the amount of time parents get with each one.
- This schedule works well for parents who live far away from each other.
- This schedule can work for a child who needs one main home and a lot of consistency.
- This schedule is simple and easy to remember.
- This schedule can work around different types of work schedules.
- This schedule can work for high-conflict situations.
- One parent has substantially more time with the child and can cause fighting about the schedule.
- The child goes a long time between visits with the parent who has every 3rd weekend.
- The parent who only has weekend time doesn't participate in the child's weekday routine.
- The parent who only has weekend time may not know what's going on with the child in school or other activities.
- This schedule can conflict with weekend activities like the child's sporting events.
It’s easy. Follow the steps to make a less common custody schedule.
On Step 3, set your schedule to repeat every three weeks.
Then, on Step 4, enter details for any weekend visit. Select the parent from the dropdown menu, followed by starting and ending dates and times. (For an 80/20 time split, the weekend parent should spend about 103 hours with the kids per visit, or just over four days.)
The app will automatically give the remaining time in the three-week cycle to the other parent.