2nd, 4th & 5th Weekends - Visitation Schedule Examples

This schedule has your child live with one parent and visit the other parent on the 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends of the month.

In months with only four weekends, the child spends just the 2nd and 4th weekends with the parent he or she doesn't normally live with.

In this schedule, one parent has about 80% of the time with the child and the other parent has about 20%.

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2nd, 4th and 5th weekends sample schedules

You can make changes to the 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends schedule so it fits your situation better. Here are some sample schedules that show changes you can make.

Change the weekend times

You can change the times for the weekend visit. Here the weekend visit starts at 12:00 pm on Friday and goes to 8:00 am on Monday.

Change the weekend days

You can change the days of the weekend visit. Here the weekend goes from Saturday afternoon to Tuesday morning.

Add midweek visits

You can add midweek visits. Here there is a midweek visit every week on Wednesday afternoon.

Add overnight visits

You can add overnight visits. Here the mom has an overnight visit on Wednesday during weeks where she doesn't get weekend parenting time.

Use 3rd-party time

You can show 3rd party time in your schedule, when your child isn't with either parent. Here the schedule shows when the child is in school. Including 3rd party time in your schedule may affect the parenting time percentages.

Calculate your time

You can use a visitation timeshare calculator as you explore options for your schedule. The calculator will show you the amount of time each parent has with the child for a particular schedule. This can help you modify the 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends schedule so it works for you.

Pros and cons of the 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends schedule


  • It can be comforting to a child who needs consistency.
  • It works for parents who live far from each other.
  • It works if the parents have different work schedules.
  • It works for high-conflict situations because there are only a few exchanges each month.
  • The limited exchanges make it easy for the parents to plan and organize.
  • It's easy to keep track of when the visits happen.


  • The child goes a long time between visits with one parent.
  • The weekend parent may feel excluded from school, homework and other activities.
  • The weekend parent doesn't have the opportunity to be part of the weekday routine.
  • Since one parent has quite a bit more time with the child, the parents may have disagreements over the schedule.
  • The weekend visits may interfere with a child's sporting events or other activities.

The easiest way to make a 2nd, 4th and 5th weekends 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 "same weekends each month" button.

And on Step 3, use the dropdown boxes as follows:

  • Monthly weekend options: Select the third or fourth option to set which parent gets the weekend visits.
  • 5th weekend alternating: Decide how to handle fifth weekends in a month, which occur a handful of times a year. If the weekend parent will get them all, select "not alternating." If parents will trade off, select one of the other options.
  • From: Enter the day and time for weekend visits to begin.
  • To: Enter the day and time for weekend visits to end.
  • Weekend's month determined by: Choose how to count weekends. For example, if you select "Thursday," a month with five Thursdays will count as having five weekends.

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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