Make a Repeating Custody Schedule: Other Patterns

If your custody arrangement doesn't match one of the templates provided in the app, you can create any schedule you want using the "other" option.

For example, you could use this option to make a schedule that repeats every three weeks or more. Perhaps your children live with one parent for two weeks, then spend one week with the other parent.

Or you could use it to create a schedule that repeats by days. Maybe your children spend two days with one parent and then one day with the other in a three-day schedule. (For a 50/50 arrangement that repeats by days, use the "X days each" template when you make a common custody schedule.)

Step 1: Choose a name and dates

First, click on the "calendar" tab.

Next, find the "schedules" tab to the left of your calendar (or beneath your calendar on a phone screen). Under it, click the "new schedule" button to open the calendar wizard.

In the box that appears, enter a name for this schedule and the date and time you want it to begin.

If this schedule is for your children's summer vacation (or any other special period that repeats annually), click the "summer break schedule" box. This pulls up options for when the schedule should start and end in its first year, as well as in years to come. You can also specify if you want to retire the schedule in a particular year, using the “through" drop-down menu.

Click the "next" button.

Step 2: Select "other" template

In the templates box that appears, select “other” (at the bottom of the list).

Click "next."

Step 3: Set repeating rate

Now enter how often the schedule should repeat — in other words, how long it takes for both parents to complete one visitation period with the children. You can count in days or weeks, and specify using the drop-down menu.

Example (weeks): Children live with one parent for 3 weeks, then with the other for 2 weeks; enter 5 weeks as your repeating rate.

Example (days): Children live with one parent for 2 days, then with the other for 1 day; enter 3 days as your repeating rate.

When you're done, click "customize."

Step 4: Define parenting time

Next, enter the details of one parenting time period. You can choose any visit, and the app will begin to fill in the rest of your schedule automatically.

From the drop-down menu, select the parent who will have the children during this time period. Then, define when it starts and ends.

Your selections will appear instantly in the calendar and repeat according to the rate you set in Step 3. The time between the visits defaults to the other parent. (If nothing appears in the calendar, make sure you’re looking at the month of the visit you entered.)

If this is the schedule you want, click "save" and skip to Step 6.

To add repeating visits with either parent or a third-party, click "add more time” and continue to Step 5.

Step 5: Add more repeating time (optional)

Now add information about any repeating visit not reflected in your calendar already.

From the drop-down menu, select either parent’s name or "3rd party," based on who gets the visit. Third-party time is when children are at school or with a caretaker beside parents; it is not included in parenting time calculations.

Then select when the visit starts and ends.

You can continue adding more repeating time by clicking "add more time.” When you're done, click "save."

Step 6: Edit and share your schedule

After saving, you'll return to the main schedules page.

From here, you can make changes to a saved schedule or share and print your calendars.

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