50/50 Custody Examples: 2-2-3, 2-2-5-5, & 3-4-4-3 Schedules

50/50 custody schedules are becoming a more and more popular option when determining child custody.  Parents and the courts love this schedule because the child is frequently a part of both parents lives.

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Once you decide to have 50/50 child custody, you will need to choose a child custody schedule.  This is basically the schedule you, the other parent, and child will follow.  Below are three very popular choices for a 50/50 custody schedule.

2-2-3 Child Custody Schedule

The 2-2-3 child custody schedule is very simple and easy to understand.  How this schedule works is your child will spend the first two nights of the week with you, the second two nights with the other parent, and the three weekend nights back with you.  The following week the schedule changes so the second parent gets your child at the beginning and end of the week.

This schedule is great because it is easy to implement.  Many parents like the simplicity and ease in having this schedule.  It is also a great way for the child to spend time at both parents home each week while rotating weekends.

Your child will go back and forth a few times so you want to make sure they can handle frequent exchanges and completing homework on time.  Some children struggle going back and forth always feeling like a visitor and not a part of the home or family.  You need to know your child and choose what will work best for them.

2-2-5-5 Child Custody Schedule

The 2-2-5-5 child custody schedule is more complex to understand but once understood, very simple.  This schedule is easier to comprehend if you know each parent has two set weeknights with the child and the weekends rotate.  How it works is your child spends two weeknights with you and then the next two week nights with the other parent.  They then come back to your house and spend the three weekend nights and the first two weeknights you are assigned, equaling 5 nights.  They then go back to the other parents home and have their two assigned nights along with the three weekend nights, again equaling 5 nights.

This schedule is one of my personal favorites because the parents have assigned weeknights.  It is easier for the parents and the child to schedule meetings, activities, and other events. I also like the rotating weekends so each parent can enjoy fun activities with their child. Because this schedule is more consistent, it is easier for a child who can be anxious about going back and forth.  You want to make sure your child can handle their school work and responsibilities while they are exchanging homes multiple times a week.

3-4-4-3 Child Custody Schedule

The 3-4-4-3 child custody schedule is very easy and only has two exchanges during the week.  Your child will spend first three nights of the week with one parent and the last four nights with the other.  The following week it changes so your child spends four weeknights with the first parent and three with the second.

The strength of this schedule is one parent always has the first part of the week and the other parent always has the second part of the week.  The only day that changes is one mid-week, usually Wednesday.  Many people find this works for them because it is simple and straight forward schedule.

The downfall with this schedule is one parent has every weekend.  Depending on your situation, this may work really well but some parents have struggled not having their children during the weekend.

Conclusion

There are many options for you to choose from.  Some parents get stressed out feeling like they have to choose the perfect schedule for them and their child the first time. You want to get a general idea of what needs you, the other parent, and your child has.  Then from there choose a schedule which meets those needs.

If your chosen schedule does not work very well once implemented, make the necessary adjustments so it does.  Create your own unique schedule or choose another.  You can do this.  Don’t overwhelm yourself feeling like you must choose the right schedule.  Realize the right schedule is the one which is best for your child.

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