Sample Parenting Time Schedules: 7 Examples

Setting up a parenting time schedule is an enormous task for divorced and separated parents. Many times, parents aren't even sure how to begin. The most frequently asked question is if there are any common parenting time schedules. We'll look at seven of them here.

In the next post, we'll look at 50/50 parenting time schedules where the parents have almost equal time with the kids.

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Every weekend

In this parenting time schedule, the children live with one parent during the week and have visitation with the other parent every weekend.

Alternating weekends

The children live with one parent during the week and on alternating weekends. The other parent has the weekend when the other parent does not.

Alternating weekends with an evening visit

The children live with one parent during the week and alternating weekends. The other parent has the children on the other weekends and for one evening visit during the week. Parents can have the visit on any evening, and may also add visits throughout the week.

Alternating weekends with a weekly overnight visit

This parenting time schedule is similar to the one above, except that instead of an evening visit, it is an overnight visit. Again, parents can choose what day of the week to have the overnight and there can be multiple overnight visits. There could even be an evening visit and an overnight visit in the same week.

Alternating extended weekends

In this schedule, the parent has visitation alternating weekends, but the weekends are extended. This calendar shows the extension on a Monday, but the extended weekend could also start on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Alternating extended weekends with an overnight visit

This schedule is the same as above, except the other parent also has a visit sometime during the week. The visit can be an evening visit for a few hours, or an overnight visit (shown). Parents can also schedule multiple visits.

1st, 3rd and 5th weekends

One parent has the children all the time except on the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends. There are several variations to this schedule as well. The visitation can occur on the 2nd, 4th and 5th weekend or the parents can alternate the 5th weekend. You could also add mid-week visits.

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Long distance schedules

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Summer break

Parenting provisions


How to make a schedule

Factors to consider

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Interstate, long distance

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