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Finding a joint custody schedule that works for everyone

| Apr 14, 2021 | Child Custody

When Michigan couples are given joint custody of their children, the next step is to figure out the specific schedule that they will be using. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all scheduling solution for families. Each couple will have to sit down and customize their own schedule to meet their individual needs and the needs of their children.

Alternating weeks

An equal 50/50 shared child custody can be achieved by using the alternating week strategy. In the strategy, your child lives with you for one full week and then your former spouse for one full week. The day that you transition is really up to you. The most common transition days are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays due to the fact that the transition isn’t happening on a school night.

The 2-2-3 rotation

Another commonly used joint custody schedule is the 2-2-3 rotation. In this schedule, your child will spend Sunday and Monday with you. On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will spend their time with their other parent. Then, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, your child will spend their time with you. As the next week approaches, you and your former spouse will flip positions to where they get the first two days of the week and the weekend.

The 3-3-4-4 rotation

Similar to the previous rotation, the 3-3-4-4 rotation helps to give each parent a little more time with their child during their visit. This type of arrangement works by having each parent spend three days with their child. On the next rotation, they will spend four days with that parent. This flip-flops back and forth from three days to four days. The idea behind this rotation schedule is that it allows each parent to get every other extra weekend day with their child.

Being awarded joint custody is just one step in determining what the right custody schedule is for your child. The above are some of the most commonly used 50/50 joint custody schedules. It’s important that you take the time to sit down and see what works specifically for you, your former spouse and your child.