Make a Repeating Custody Schedule: Other Patterns

If your custody arrangement doesn't match one of the templates in the Custody X Change 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. 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 every fifth day with one parent. (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.

Then select "new schedule" to the left of your calendar (or beneath your calendar, if you're on a phone).

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). Then click "next."

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 each parent for four weeks at a time; enter eight weeks as your repeating rate.

Example (days): Children live with one parent for five days, then with the other for three days; enter eight days as your repeating rate.

When you're done, click "customize."

Step 3: Customize your schedule

Customize your schedule by entering the details of one parenting time period. You can choose any visit, and the app will 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 at the rate you set in Step 2. The time between visits defaults to the other parent. (If nothing appears in the calendar, make sure you're looking at a month when you told the schedule to be active. Use the arrows at the top of the calendar to navigate.)

If you don't want to make any other customizations, click "save" and skip to Step 4. Otherwise, click "add or extend a visit."

To add a repeating visit, choose the parent it belongs to, or choose 3rd party if the child won't be with either parent. (To add a one-time visit or a holiday visit, wait until Step 4.)

Next, enter when the visit starts and ends, and set when it repeats. For example, if your visit happens every other Tuesday, enter "2" in the "repeats every" box and select the Tuesday button. If it happens every Sunday and Wednesday, set it to repeat every "1" week and click the Sunday and Wednesday buttons.

Extending a repeating visit works the same way. Either create a visit that abuts the too-short visit, or create a longer visit right on top of the short one. For example, to give Mom extra time with the kids every other visit, she could create a visit that starts at her original end time (11 a.m.).

When you're done adding and editing visits that repeat, click "save."

Step 4: Edit and share your schedule

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

From here, you can edit your schedule or share and print your calendar.

Custody X Change is software that creates personalized custody calendars and schedules.

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