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Custody schedules 50/50: alternate weeks compared to 2-2-3

There are many different custody and visitation schedules available and my goal is to help you learn as much as you can about your options. Alternate weeks and 2-2-3 schedules are options that fall under 50/50 joint physical custody. Both schedules have their pros and cons. The most important thing to consider when choosing a schedule is choosing the best one for you, the other parent, and especially your child.

Requirements for 50/50 Joint Physical Custody:

50/50 joint physical custody is a popular option in today’s court system. They want to see that you and the other parent have the ability to make it work. Here are a few things needed to make any of these schedules work:

-Parents should be able to get along and work together for the benefit of their child

– Parents must live very close to each other and to the child’s school.

-Both parents need to have a stable home environment.

Alternate weeks:

The alternate week calendar is very simple and easy to apply. Your child spends one week with you and one week at the other parent’s home.

The benefits of this schedule is that your child has a longer period in each home, which creates a greater sense of belonging. They can easily stick to their routine and not have to interrupt it to “move houses.” Some children also find that this schedule creates less anxiety and stress in their lives.

The biggest downside to this schedule is making sure your child is old enough and emotionally capable of spending an entire week away from the other parent. To help the non-custodial parent of the week and the child, some families will have dinner one night a week to stay connected.


The 2-2-3 program is also very simple and easy to follow. It’s not as simple as every other week just because there are more trades. Your child will spend two nights with you, two nights with the other parent, and all three weekend nights with you. The following week, the schedule is changed and the other parent has his child the first and last of the week.

The benefits of this schedule is that your child spends time with each parent each week. The schedule is simple once you get going. Also weekends rotate between parents unlike other schedules.

The most important thing to think about with this schedule is whether your child will be able to handle all of his responsibilities while changing homes several times a week. Think about school, friends, and extracurricular activities. It can be confusing for both parent and child to keep up with homework, projects, etc. unless everyone is committed to communicating frequently.


It is also important to realize that the custody schedule is only a small part of your parenting plan. I encourage you to spend your time researching how to create a parenting plan and all the different tools available to help you with these changes in your life. Good luck!

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