How to Make a Seasonal Schedule (Summer Schedule)

Once your regular schedule is set, it's time to add any seasonal schedules to your calendar.

Use a seasonal schedule when you need to replace your regular schedule with an alternate that repeats for a limited period each year. Summer break is the most common reason parents create a seasonal schedule.

For ideas on how to share parenting time during this period, look at common custody schedules.

Once you've decided on a seasonal schedule, you're ready to enter it into your calendar following the steps below.

Step 1: Select your seasonal schedule

Click on the "calendar" tab.

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

On the next screen, select when the schedule should take effect. This might be the last day of the school year, June 1st, etc.

Beneath that, select the template that's closest to the schedule you had in mind. You'll be able to customize it.

Each template is listed with a name representing its pattern (ex: 2-2-5-5), followed by the percentage of custody time it gives each parent (ex: 50/50, meaning each parent has the child 50% of the time). For details on the various options, see 22 common custody and visitation schedules.

At the bottom of the template list, you'll see the options "repeats in days" and "start from scratch." Use these if you want to create a schedule more manually; they allow you to define how often your schedule repeats.

Step 2: Enter details of one period

Regardless of the template you select, the next box will ask you to enter the details of one custody/visitation period. The app automatically fills in the rest of your template based on this one example period. For instance, you might specify which parent has the children the first weekend of summer and what time the visit starts and ends.

Step 3: Define more time

The next box you'll see — "define more time" — allows you to add other repeating time with either parent, such as a midweek visit. Enter details for any visit the app didn't already input, and the calendar will set it to repeat with the rest of your seasonal schedule.

To add non-repeating time, use one-time changes.

Step 4: Enter third-party time

Now, you have the option to enter third-party time, which is when the child is at school/daycare or with a caretaker besides the parents. Any time you designate as "third-party" is excluded from parenting time calculations.

If your child's time with a third party is not the same every weekday, uncheck "same Monday through Friday" for day-by-day options.

Step 5: Choose an end date

Since your seasonal schedule is temporary, you'll need to choose a date and time for it to end.

Then, select one of the "every year" toggles to have the schedule automatically inserted into the same timeframe for each year to come.

Step 6: Review your seasonal schedule

Finally, it's time to review your seasonal schedule. Ask yourself, "Is this roughly the schedule I had in mind?" If it just needs minor edits, click "yes, save." (You can add elements and make edits later.) If it's not what you envisioned, hit "no, start over."

If you need additional seasonal schedules, repeat the process above.

Now you're ready to add holidays to your calendar.

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