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What are common custody arrangements?

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2021 | Child Custody |

With custody, there are several different arrangements that could work for you and your children. You might opt for one parent to have custody during the weekdays and for the other to have weekend visits, which is a 5-2 schedule. You might prefer a 2-2-3-2-2-3 schedule where you switch custody every couple of days to keep it as equal as possible.

One of the most common is called the 8-6 arrangement, which is when your child spends eight nights overnight with one parent and then six overnights with the other.  This is essentially a 60/40 time split, which may be helpful when one parent works more than another or has less time to spend with their child. The nice thing about this kind of custody is that the arrangement can be broken up in any order as long as each parent gets eight or six nights of custody during a two-week period.

50-50 custody is highly unlikely

Keep in mind that 50-50 child custody is highly unlikely in many custody cases, even if both parents retain shared legal and physical custody. Why? It’s just not usually feasible to divide your child’s time perfectly. It’s unlikely that you and your ex-spouse will have schedules that line up perfectly or that give you the opportunity to divide the custody time evenly between you.

Custody arrangements don’t have to stay the same all the time

If you start off with one of these custody schedules, whether you opt for an 8-6, the 2-2-3-2-2-3 schedule or a 5-2 schedule, you can always try a different one in the future. For example, the 5-2 schedule may work best during the school year, but the 8-6 may be better for the summer months. A combination of schedules might work best for you, so using a custody modification or setting up a variable schedule might be a good plan.

The most important thing to do with a custody plan is to make it understandable and easy to follow.