Weekly Custody Schedules and Their Differences

There are many different schedules for parents to choose from.  This article will be discussing the different schedules where you exchange once a week or less.  Finally we will be sharing some examples of why parents choose these schedules and how it is working now.

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

The first is the Alternating Weeks child custody schedule.  On this schedule, your child spends 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.

The second is the Two Weeks Each child custody schedule.  It is very 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 physical custody has one schedule with a week or more at each parents home.  This schedule called the Every Three Weeks child 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?

I was not a fan of these schedules when I first read about them.  However, as I have learned more about them, I think they are a great option.

I have a friend who had a seven year old son when he and his wife divorced.  The 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 sons 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, I highly recommend trying the free edition of the Custody X Change software.  You will be able to create different schedules and see how they may or may not work.  You can easily adjust the time with each parent, drip off times, and vacation/holiday schedules very easily. It is a tool that can help you make the best decision possible.

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

Make Your Schedule and Plan Now

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