Every Extended Weekend Visitation Schedule Examples

The every extended weekend residential schedule has your child spend weekdays with one parent and a long weekend with the other parent.

Here's how the every extended weekend schedule looks in the calendar.

The extended weekend schedule gives one parent 60% of the time with the child and the other parent 40%. This schedule is a variation of the 4-3 schedule.

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Customizing the every extended weekend schedule

You should make your every weekend schedule work for your family. Here are some ways to customize the schedule.

Change the exchange times

You can change the exchange times for the extended weekend. Here is a schedule where the exchange times are 5:00 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Monday.

Change the weekend day

You can modify the days of the extended weekend. Here the weekend starts on Saturday morning and goes through Tuesday morning.

Add a midweek visit

You can add a midweek visit to the schedule. Here the weekend starts later on Friday and the time is made up with an evening visit on Wednesday.

Add an overnight visit

You can add an overnight visit to the schedule. Here the weekend starts on Saturday morning and there is an overnight visit on Tuesday.

Add 3rd-party time

You can include 3rd party time to show when your child isn't with either parent. This changes the calculation so both parents have closer to 50% of time with the child.

Using a parenting timeshare calculator while you make your schedule allows you to see the exact amount of time each parent has with the child. This can help you change a schedule so both parents are happy with the parenting time.

Pros and cons of an every extended weekend schedule


  • The schedule is very consistent and easy to implement.
  • Children who struggle with change and require consistency do well on this schedule.
  • There are only two exchanges and they can be planned around school or childcare.
  • Both parents have time with the child every week.
  • The child doesn't go for very long without seeing either parent.
  • Both parents have substantial time with the child so there may be less fighting over the schedule.
  • The schedule can work well with different types of work schedules.
  • Parents don't need to live close by each other.
  • It doesn't require extensive coordination or communication about school and homework, so it can work well for high-conflict situations.


  • One parent has the child every weekend.
  • The schedule may be difficult for some work schedules.

The easiest way to make an every extended weekend schedule

There's a lot to think about when you build a parenting time schedule. You'll want it to address holidays and school breaks, give the right amount of time to each parent, and work for years to come.

The Custody X Change app makes it easy. Just follow the steps to make a custody schedule.

On Step 2, select the "every weekend" button.

Then, on Step 3, define when the weekend visit starts and ends.

For a 60/40 time split, the weekend parent should spend about 67 hours with the kids each week (just under three full days). You can also adjust the time split using summer break and holiday schedules.

To make a custody schedule quickly and affordably, turn to Custody X Change. You'll get a written schedule and a visual calendar that meet your family's needs, as well as court standards.

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