50/50 Child Custody Part I: Every Weekend & 2-2-3 Visitation

This post is part of a series where we will be learning about all the different types of 50/50 physical custody.  This post will first talk about what 50/50 custody is and some things required to make it successful.  We will then talk about two schedule options available if you share 50/50 child custody.

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What is 50/50 physical custody?

50/50 physical custody is becoming a very popular way for parents to share time with their child.  Each parent will have the child 50% of the child’s time.  This custody option is a great alternative to one parent having custody and another parent having a few visitations a month.

50/50 child custody does require more work from both of the parents and the courts will not approve it just because you think it will work.  There are a few things the court needs to see in place for this style of child custody to be awarded.  Some of these are:

  • Both parents are able to put their differences aside and work together for the benefit of their child. They are able to communicate with each other to discuss exchanges, schedules, and their child.
  • Both parents live in close proximity to each other, the child’s school, and in the same general area.  Because the child spends equal time at both homes, they need to be able to move forward with as little disruptions to life as possible.
  • Both parents need to be stable emotionally, physically, and environmentally.  The court will look at the past of both parents to see if they are suitable for the child to live with.  They also want to see two stable homes for the child.
  • The child custody schedule must be in the best interest of the child.  This is the number one factor in determining the custody of a child.

There are many visitations schedules for you to choose from if you have 50/50 physical custody.  Custody X Change has a great 50/50 Child Custody Examples page where you can learn more about 50/50 custody and some of the schedules available.

Every Weekend with School Time Removed Custody Schedule

The every weekend with school time removed custody schedule is a basic 50/50 schedule where one parent has the child during the week and the other parent has the child on the weekend.  To make this schedule 50/50, school time (or third-party time) is removed because the child is not with either parent.

This is a great schedule but you want to make sure it fits the lives of those involved.  Many people like it because of work, school, or other scheduling issues.  They find it is a great way for the child to spend time with both parents without having to worry about exchanging mid week during school.

Other people do not like this schedule because only one parent has the child on the weekend.  Some parents have expressed they feel like they have their child for all the hard parts of the week with homework, discipline, etc. and the other parent has all the fun on the weekend.

The every weekend with school time removed can be a great schedule but you want to make sure it fits your unique situation.

2-2-3 Custody Schedule

The 2-2-3 child custody schedule is very simple.  One parent has the child for the first two days of the week, the second parent has the next two weekdays, and then the child goes back to the first parents home for the weekend.  The following week the schedule rotates so the second parent has the child the first two weekdays and the following weekend.

This schedule is very easy to implement with a predictable rotation.  Each parent has the child every other weekend and also during the week.  Many parents like this schedule because they see their child regularly and are a normal part of their life.

The biggest issue with many of the 50/50 schedules, including this one, is the child changes homes multiple times a week.  This may not be the best option for your child.  Some children have struggled with frequent exchanges for different reasons.  Some of these are: not feeling like they are ever at a home long enough to become a part of it, keeping up on school work/activities, and anxiety of constant change.

You know your child and their needs more than anyone else.  If they might struggle with this schedule, there are many others to choose from.  Read the next series of posts which will talk about additional schedules for 50/50 child custody.

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

Part 3 50/50 Child Custody:  Two Weeks Each & 3-4-4-3

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