Weekly Custody Schedules and Their Differences

There are many different schedules for parents to choose from. The following require parents to exchange their child once a week or less. After learning a bit about the schedules, read a real life example of parents utilizing a weekly custody arrangement so you can get an idea of how it works and how you can make adjustments to accomodate your child.

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50/50 weekly custody schedules

50/50 joint physical custody has two different schedules where your child spends at least a week or more with each parent.

Alternating weeks

The alternating weeks child custody schedule has your child spend one week with you and the next week with the other parent. This schedule is great if you and the other parent live close to each other and are committed to having your child be a part of both of your lives.

Two weeks each

The two weeks each custody schedule is similar to the schedule above but your child spends two weeks at your home and two weeks at the other parents home. This schedule also requires parents to live close to each other. The benefit of this schedule is there are less exchanges. This schedule is very popular with older children who want as few interruptions in their life as possible.

70/30 weekly custody schedule

70/30 physical custody has one schedule with a week or more at each parents home: the every 3rd week custody schedule. Your child spends two weeks with the parent who has 70% custody and one week with the parent with 30%.

Do these schedules really work?

To give you an idea of what to expect when implementing a weekly schedule, here's a real life example of parents utilizing a weekly schedule.

Recently divorced parents have a seven year old son. They decided to have 50/50 joint custody and create a schedule where the child was going back and forth between homes multiple times a week.

From the beginning, everyone struggled with this schedule. The son was having major anxiety going back and forth. He was always stressed out about the other parent, school, and feeling like a guest at each home. The parents were struggling making sure homework was being done, keeping updated on all the little details with their son, and constant exchanges.

The parents finally realized this was not going to work for them. They came up with the idea of alternating weeks but were worried about their son missing each parent during the week. When the idea was presented, you could see relief wash over the son's face. He knew immediately it would be better for him with school and other activities.

The parents and son decided that if he was missing the other parent he could call them anytime or he could go over to the others home for a few hours. The parents did not keep track of this time and hold it against each other. They realized it was a great option for their son and put his needs first. Following this schedule has now worked for their situation for many years.

Conclusion

One of these weekly schedules may or may not work for you. The important thing is to understand all of the options available and choose the best one for you, the other parent, and your child.

If the process seems overwhelming, give the Custody X Change software a try. Custody X Change allows parents to create different schedules and see how they may or may not work. You can easily adjust each parent's timeshare and pick-up and drop-off times, in addition to applying vacation and holiday schedules. It is a tool that can help you find the best schedule for your situation.

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