Every Weekend Custody & Visitation Schedule Examples

In the every weekend residential schedule your child spends weekdays with one parent and the weekend with the other parent.

This is the every weekend schedule in the calendar.

The every weekend schedule gives one parent about 70% of the time with the child and the other parent about 30%. This schedule is a variation of the 5-2 schedule.

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Examples of every weekend schedules

You can customize your schedule to create the best one for your child. Here are some examples of how to customize the every weekend schedule.

Change the exchange times

You can change the times of the exchanges. This schedule shows the exchange time as 12:00 pm on Friday and Sunday.

Change the weekend

You can move the days of the weekend visit. This schedule shows the weekend as 9:00 am Saturday to 9:00 am Monday.

Add a midweek visit

You can add a midweek visit on an evening. This schedule shows the weekend going from 3:00 pm on Friday to 3:00 pm on Sunday with a 4 hour visit on Tuesday.

Add an overnight visit

You can add an overnight visit during the week. This schedule has the weekend start later on Saturday and go through Sunday afternoon. To make up the time, there is an overnight visit on Tuesday.

Use 3rd-party time

You can schedule in 3rd party time, during which the child isn't with either parent. Showing 3rd party time may change the timeshare percentage of the parents.

Calculate your time

A visitation timeshare calculator shows you the amount of time each parent has the child in your schedule. This can be useful to know as you look at different variations of schedules.

Pros and cons of an every weekend schedule


  • It is consistent and easy to implement.
  • Children who need structure and routine do well with this schedule.
  • Parents don't need to live close by each other.
  • Children get to spend time with both parents during the week.
  • There aren't long periods when the child goes without seeing a parent.
  • Both parents can be involved in caring for the child.
  • This schedule can work well for high-conflict situations because it doesn't require frequent communication.
  • There are limited exchanges, which can be planned around school or other activities.
  • It can work well for various employment schedules.


  • One parent has the child for less time, and this can cause fighting about the schedule.
  • One parent has the child every weekend.
  • One parent may not know what is going on with the child in school.
  • The parent who has the child on the weekend doesn't get to participate in the weekday routine with the child.

The easiest way to make an every 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" option.

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

For a 70/30 time split, the weekend parent should spend about 50 hours with the kids each week (just over two 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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