Divorced or separated parents who have entered into a joint custody agreement. To make shared parenting work, consider using a shared parenting schedule. Shared parenting is another term for co-parenting or joint custody. There are many different examples of schedules that may work for your situation. There are many 50/50 split schedules that I have discussed earlier and I would like to further the many different variations I have already presented to you.
- 2/2/3 Schedule. This schedule allows one parent to have custody of the child for two days, the other parent has custody of the child for the next two days and then the child returns to the first parent for a three-day weekend. Each parent spends two days with the child and alternates a long weekend. The benefit of this schedule is that the parents have an equal amount of time with their child. It is a two-week, equally rotating plan and it is generally a good arrangement if parents want to alternate weekends. This schedule contains more switching back and forth than a 5/2/2/5 or 4/3/3/4 custody plan. If parents live near each other and the child may be okay with the constant change. If so, this type of schedule may work for you.
- Variances on Alternating Weeks. Alternating weeks of child custody is the simplest type of joint custody schedule. The major drawback of this schedule is that a parent does not see his or her child for a full week. In order to make this work, many parents use the basic schedule of alternating weeks and add variances to it. It is common to add an evening or short weekend visit during the week with the other parent. This visitation arrangement allows the other parent to have some time during the week so the visitation with one parent is broken up a little bit. This could also be called a 4/1/2 schedule, though this is not a common term. The 4/1/2 refers to four days with one parent, an evening with the other and two days back with the first parent.
There are many different schedules and variances out there. Making changes or variations to a plan or schedule or having an alternating and equal schedule should be discussed and decided collaboratively as parents. Having an effective custody schedule provides consistency and stability for your child.
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