When you go through divorce with children, one of the things you have to do is to decide on custody arrangements. It might not be easy to think about being apart from your child on certain days, but being able to come up with a custody arrangement that gives you and the other parent time to see your child is a must.
There are several common custody schedules that you may want to use after your divorce. Here are three that many parents turn to.
The 8-6 split
The first kind of custody arrangement you might consider is the 8-6 split. This arrangement allows for eight overnights with one parent and six with the other. This resets every 14 days, so the parent with more overnights may change.
The 2-5-2-5 split
Another common custody arrangement is the 2-5-2-5 split. Every week, one parent will have time with their child through the weekend while the other has custody during the week. This is a beneficial arrangement for children because it keeps them in one home throughout their school week, so they aren’t going back and forth when they need to be studying. This is also a good schedule for parents who want to share the cost of childcare or who want to be as equally involved in their children’s lives as possible.
The 3-2-2 split
Another common custody arrangement is the 3-2-2 split. This arrangement is better for younger children who have a hard time being away from one parent for longer than a few days. With a 3-2-2 split, parents alternate who has custody for three days, two days, two days, and then three days again. This is a fairly balanced schedule that allows your child to see the other parent regularly.
These three options are just some of the custody arrangements that people have today. There are dozens of options for setting up your custody schedule. You may want to consider unique arrangements for the school year or based on your child’s unique health care needs, for example, but these options are a good place to start a conversation on appropriate custody scheduling.