60/40 Child Custody: Every Weekend & 4-3 Custody Schedule Examples

What is 60/40 Child Custody?

A 60/40 child custody schedule is one option for you or the court to choose when determining child custody.  This custody schedule defines your child will spend 60% of their time with one parent and 40% of their time with the other parent.

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This schedule is a great way for your child to spend almost equal time with both parents.  There are a number of reasons why this schedule can be chosen.  Here are a few of them:

  • Both parents want to spend as much time with the child as possible.
  • Both parents are able to get along and put their differences aside to raise their child the best way possible.
  • Both parents live close to each other, your child’s school, and other lifestyle activities.
  • It is in the best interest of the child to spend a small amount of time more with one parent.  This could be due to work, school, or other issues.
  • The judge or court has a preference for this schedule.

If this schedule is chosen for your child, be grateful for the time you have.  Many parents become upset when this schedule is awarded or chosen because they feel it should be equal.  Just remember there are many parents out there who would love to have their child 40% of the time.  Be the best parent you can be and have a positive attitude about this new situation.

What is the Every Weekend Custody Schedule?

The every weekend custody schedule is a very popular way for parents to divide time with their child.  You can find a version of it for each of the different custody plans (50/50, 70/30).  This specific every weekend custody schedule example is created for 60/40 child custody.  The every weekend custody schedule has y our child spending four nights during the week with one parent and three nights of the weekend with the other parent.  It usually extends to Monday morning when your child leaves for school.

This schedule works very well for many children and parents.  It is great for those who do not live close enough to share the children during the week because of school and other activities.  It also works well if the parents don’t want to worry about exchanging their child during the week and worrying about the child staying updated in school.

The biggest issue with this schedule is one parent has the child every weekend.  However, many people do not find this to be an issue.  If this schedule works for you, the other parent, and your child it is a great way to arrange you time.

What is the 4-3 Custody Schedule?

The 4-3 custody schedule is very similar to the every weekend custody schedule.  One parent has the child for four nights of the week and the other parent has the child for three nights.  The biggest difference is with the 4-3 custody schedule example, the three nights are not during the weekend.  (If a parent wanted to alternate weekends instead, they could try a 2-2-5-5 or a 2-2-3 schedule.)

This schedule is great because it has the parents spending the same amount of time with their child but not having the restrictions of one parent having every weekend.  Because this schedule is more flexible it is important both parents live close together and are willing to communicate about their child and the schedule.

Conclusion

A 60/40 child custody schedule is a great option for many families and it can work for you too.  The most important thing you need to remember when choosing a schedule is to choose what is best for your child.  Then consider your needs and the needs of the other parent.  If you use this as your guide, you will find the right schedule for you, the other parent, and your child.

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