Examples of Standard Custody and Visitation Schedules and the Time-Share Percentages — Part One

There are some standard custody schedules that people use when they set up their parenting plans. Many times parents set up these plans and don’t realize the exact amount of time that they will have with their child. To help people get some ideas about how to set up a custody and visitation schedule and also how that schedule will divide the time between the parents, I’ve put some common plans into Custody X Change. This will show us how the plan looks in a calendar and also give us the time-share percentage for each parent. We’ll look at three plans today–this is the first part of a series of post and we’ll continue to look at samples of plans.

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1. Custodial Parent has the children during the week, and a Non-Custodial Parent has the children on the weekends. This schedule is usually set up in a custody situation where one parent has custody and the other parent gets visitation. The calendar for this looks like this:

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In this arrangement, the Custodial Parent has 71.51% of time with the child and the Non-Custodial Parent has 28.49% (this is the time-share percentage of the repeating cycle–there are no holidays or special events added). Parents who opt for this schedule, but want more equal time can use holidays, vacations, school breaks, and other special events to even out the time.

2. Alternating weeks of custody. This is a common joint custody agreement. The parents switch weeks of custody with the children. The calendar looks like this:

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As you can see, the time with each parent is pretty even. The Custodial Parent has 50.14% and the Non-Custodial Parent has 49.86%. The differences in time are due to the starting date and the day of the week the schedule starts. Again, this doesn’t account for holidays, vacation or special events.

3. Non-Custodial Parent getting visitation on alternating weekends. This type of visitation schedule is a sole custody arrangement with visitation for the other parent. The parent who doesn’t have custody gets the children every other weekend. Here’s the calendar:

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As you can see, there is a big difference in the amount of time that each parent has with the child. The Custodial Parent has 85.75% and the Non-Custodial Parent has 14.25%. A schedule like this might be set up in the school months when the child needs to spend the majority of time at one home. The summer schedule could be changed so the Non-Custodial Parent ends up with more time.

In the next post, we’ll continue to look at various custody and visitation schedules and the time-share percentages that accompany them. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what kind of arrangement you want to set up.

Custody X Change is software that creates professional parenting plan documents and parenting schedules.

Make Your Schedule and Plan Now

Custody X Change is software that creates professional parenting plan documents and parenting schedules.

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