Navigating joint child custody isn't necessarily easy, but the arrangements do have their benefits for both children and parents. One benefit for children is the fact that they will get to spend more quality time with both parents. Another benefit for adults is that they will get a break each week from their parenting responsibilities. During this time, they can date, enjoy alone time and pursue various hobbies and activities – ultimately helping the parent to be fresher and more attentive to their children when they have them.
There is virtually an infinite number of ways that parents can organize their parenting plans when they agree on whom the child will be staying with and when each week. Here are some of the most popular ways that parents organize their schedules in this regard:
- Alternating weeks: The child lives one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.
- Two weeks alternating: The child lives two weeks with one parent and two weeks with the other.
- 2-2-3: The child lives two days with one parent, two days with the other and three days with the other parent. This means the kids will spend alternating weekends with he parents.
- 2-2-5-5: This two days on, two days off, five days on and five days off schedule may work for some families.
- 3-4-4-3: Here is yet another way to organize parenting time.
- Every weekend: This usually involves the child spending each weekend, plus an extra day with one parent and the school week with the other parent.
- 4-3: The four days on, three days off schedule is a great option for some parents.
The above options are not the only possibilities for single parents to share their parenting time. However, perusing this list could help parents determine the best options for themselves, their children, their families and their work schedules.
Parents may also want to try a visitation time calculator to determine how many hours they will actually get to spend with their children. Sometimes, for example, a weekend parent may have more quality time with the children versus the weekday parent. If you are concerned about establishing a fair and equal parenting plan, explore your legal rights and options as a divorcing Illinois parent.