50/50 Schedules

Alternating Weeks
2-2-3
3-3-4-4
2-2-5-5

What do these schedules look like?

Here's how it works:

This is the easiest schedule to remember because it’s one full week at a time. This still allows for every other weekend and the pick-up is set for Friday’s (at school) so the parents don’t have to see each other.

Pros:

  • A full week in between allows for routines to be established.
  • It won’t disrupt the child’s school week.
  • You can track homework to be done throughout the week.
  • The schedule is easy for everyone to remember for sleepovers, activities and play dates.

Cons:

  • A full week in between may feel too long for the child or parent.

2-2-3

 

Here’s how it works:

Each parent gets the child for two days every week, then one parent gets the child for 3 days during the weekend. Then it flips. So each parent gets to see their kid every week and every other weekend. I think this is the most popular schedule for parents that live close to each other and have a decent co-parent relationship.

Pros:

  • Good for children that are not of school-age.
  • The longest either parent will ever go is 3 days; unless you dictate something else for the holidays.
  • If the child goes to daycare, the parents really never have to see each other unless they arrange for that.
  • Children get to see the other parent often.

Cons:

  • It’s hard to establish routines due to the child flip-flopping so often.

Here’s how it works:

This schedule is similar to 2-2-3 however, there’s more time in between. This schedule splits the week in half and leaves each parent with every other weekend. This schedule can be more beneficial to kids of school age or parents that live a little further away from each other.

Pros:

  • More time in between allows for routines to be established.
  • Consistent days for both parents, allowing for predictability in scheduling.
  • You can choose to do pick up’s at school on Tuesday and Friday afternoons if the parents don’t really want to see each other often.

Cons:

  • Too much movement during the school-week could cause friction in the child’s personal life.

Here’s how it works:

This schedule is similar to 3-3-4-4 however, there’s more time in between. It also splits the week in half and leaves each parent with every other weekend. This schedule can be more beneficial to kids of school age.

Pros:

  • More time in between allows for routines to be established.
  • Consistent days between parents, allowing for predictability in scheduling.

Cons:

  • Too much movement during the school-week could cause friction in the child’s personal life.
  • The parents will have to see each other every
  • Parents will have to see each other every other Saturday or Sunday for drop-off.
  • It may be hard to maintain routines in the 2-day stretch.