Types of Parenting Time Schedules – Part (1) of (4)

There are four major types of parenting time schedules that divide physical custody of the minor(s) between parents. There are also subgroups under each category that further detail arrangements that may be negotiated or ordered.


The first type of parenting time schedule is a split of parenting time, or effectively a 50/50 arrangement. There are six ways to effectively create a split visitation schedule.


* Alternating weeks: Just as it sounds, this is one week on and one week off. Generally, there is a midweek visit on this schedule.

* Two weeks each: On this schedule, the minor(s) spend two weeks with one parent and then two weeks with the other parent. Using this arrangement, there can also be one overnight per week with the parent not currently exercising parenting time.

* 3-4-4-3 schedule: The 3-4-4-3 schedule is a 50/50 residential schedule that has your child stay with one parent for 3 days of the week and then 4 days with the other parent. The next week it switches so the first parent has the child for 4 days and the other parent 3.

* 2-2-5-5 schedule: In the 2-2-5-5 residential schedule, your child lives 2 days with one parent, 2 days with the other parent, 5 days with the first parent, and 5 days with the second parent. Depending on how you customize your schedule and what day your schedule starts, you may end up with a 5-5-2-2 schedule, a 2-5-5-2 schedule, a 5-2-2-5 schedule, a 2-5-2-5 schedule or a 5-2-5-2 schedule. These are all variations on the same two week repeating schedule.

* 2-2-3 schedule: In the 2-2-3 residential schedule, your child lives with one parent for 2 days of the week, the next 2 days with the other parent, and then 3 days with the first parent. The next week it switches.

* Alternating 2 days: The alternating every 2 days schedule is a 50/50 residential schedule that has the child alternate living with each parent every 2 days. It is also known as 2 days on, 2 days off.


Tune in next week for Part 2!

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