50/50 Custody Part Two: Alternating Weeks & 2-2-5-5

In part two of our 50/50 custody schedule series, we'll take a look at the alternating weeks and 2-2-5-5 custody schedules.

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Alternating weeks custody schedule

The alternating weeks child custody schedule is a basic and easy to implement schedule. One parent has the child for a week, then the child goes and stays with the other parent for a week.

The benefit of this schedule is your child is able to spend more time at each parents home. They feel more like a part of the family and not just a visitor for a few days here and there. It is also easier for the child in school. The parent knows what homework and activities are happening that week. Older children and those who struggle with frequent exchanges usually do best on this type of schedule.

One of the biggest downfalls of this schedule is parents and children struggling being apart for a whole week. Some parents have overcome this issue by having a dinner with the child one weeknight while they are staying at the other parents home.

2-2-5-5 custody schedule

The 2-2-5-5 child custody schedule is more complex to understand but easy to implement and follow. One parent has the child for two assigned weeknights (Monday, Tuesday). Then, the child goes to the other parents home for their assigned two weeknights (Wednesday, Thursday).

Next, the child goes back to the first parent's home for the three day weekend and the first two assigned week nights which equals five nights. The child then goes back to the second parents home for their assigned weeknights and the following three day weekend.

This schedule is great because each parent has their two assigned weeknights that do not change. This makes it easier for the child and the parents to schedule their lives. For example, if your child has piano on Tuesday, only one parent ever has to worry about getting the child back and forth. It is also good if both parents want their child to be part of their weekly lives while being able to rotate weekends.

The biggest issue with this schedule was mentioned in Part One of this series; some parents and children struggle with all the going back and forth during the week. It takes work and constant communication between parents, the child and the school to ensure this schedule is efficient.

More 50/50 custody schedules

Part 1: Every 2 Days & 2-2-3 Visitation

Part 3: Two Weeks Each & 3-4-4-3

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