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50/50 Joint Custody Schedule Examples

Who should adopt a 50/50 co-parenting schedule?

There are several factors that can go into determining if the 50/50 custody schedule is the right choice for co-parents.  While anyone can use 50/50 equal custody schedule, it works best if:

  • Co-parents get along very well and agree that the children should be with them 50/50.
  • Court determines that both parents should get equal joint custody.
  • Co-parents have a good court approved parenting plan
  • Parents live nearby and can drop-off and pickup children easily.
  • Parents have a good communication plan in place.
  • Parenets who are interested in birdnesting.
  • Child doesn't feel demoralized or randomized by switching homes frequently.


Below are some examples of 50/50 joint custody schedule.


2-2-3 Custody Schedule

With 2-2-3 schedule, children stay with the first parent for two days, then live with the second parent for the next two days, and then live with the first parent for three days.  Next week, they live with the second parent for two days, then the first parent for two days, and then the second parent for three days.

2-2-3 Custody Schedule



2-2-5-5 Custody Schedule

With 2-2-5-5 schedule, children stay with the first parent for two days, then live with the second parent for the next two days, and then live with the first parent for five days and then with the second parent for 5 days. The cycle restarts with the first parent having kids for two days.  

2-2-5-5 Custody Schedule



Alternating Weeks Custody Schedule 

With Alternating Weeks Custody Schedule, children stay with the first parent for the first week, then live with the second parent second week. The cycle is repeated for the third and fourth week of the month.

Alternating Weeks Custody Schedule 



Extended Weekends Custody Schedule

With Extended Weekends Custody Schedule, children stay with one of the co-parents on weekends. The other co-parent gets to keep the children during the weekdays.

Extended Weekends Custody Schedule



2 Weeks Each Custody Schedule

The 2 Weeks Each Custody Schedule, also known as the Bi-Weekly Custody allows each co-parent to spend 2 weeks continuously with their children.




Alternating Every 2 Days Custody Schedule

With Alternating Every 2 Days Custody Schedule, children stay with the first parent for two days, then live with the second parent for the next two days, and then back with the first parent for two days and then with the second parent for two days.  Then the schedule is repeated every four days.  

2-2 days custody schedule



3-4-4-3 Custody Schedule

With 3-4-4-3 Custody Schedule, children stay with the first parent for three days, then live with the second parent for the next four days, then live with the first parent for four days, and then live with the second parent for three days.  Then the whole 2-week cycle is repeated. 

3-4-4-3 Schedule


50/50 vs 60/40 Custody Schedules: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Feature 50/50 Custody Schedule 60/40 Custody Schedule
Time with each parent 50% with each parent 60% with one parent, 40% with the other
Benefits: - Equal time with both parents - More stability and routine for children
  - Reduced risk of feeling neglected - Reduced need for frequent transitions
  - Neutral parenting environment - Potential for individual attention
  - Can be more flexible for parents with demanding work schedules - More time for one parent to focus on personal needs
Challenges: - Frequent transitions can be disruptive for children - Logistical complexities in managing two households
  - Increased potential for conflict between parents - Potential for emotional strain with frequent transitions
  - Coordinating schedules can be complex - Requires effective communication and collaboration between parents
  - Can be difficult for young children to adjust to - Can be financially demanding to maintain two separate households
Best suited for: - Children who are older and adaptable - Parents who are flexible and can communicate effectively
  - Parents with similar parenting styles - Parents who have close proximity to each other
  - Families where both parents want equal involvement in the child's life - Children who benefit from stability and routine
  - Parents with demanding work schedules that make a 50/50 schedule difficult - Parents with different parenting styles



In conclusion, the 50/50 joint custody and visitation schedule offers co-parents a balanced and equitable arrangement, allowing both parents to spend an equal amount of time with their children. The flexibility of this schedule allows for various structures to accommodate each parent's work schedule, making it a versatile option for many families. While it may be suitable for anyone, the effectiveness of a 50/50 custody schedule is heightened when co-parents maintain a positive relationship, have a court-approved parenting plan, live nearby for easy drop-offs and pickups, and possess effective communication strategies. This schedule is particularly beneficial for parents interested in birdnesting, ensuring a seamless transition for the child between homes.


The text outlines several examples of 50/50 joint custody schedules, such as the 2-2-3, 2-2-5-5, alternating weeks, extended weekends, 2 weeks each, alternating every 2 days, and 3-4-4-3 custody schedules. Each schedule caters to different preferences and family dynamics, providing options for co-parents to choose what suits them best.


Ultimately, the 50/50 joint custody schedule is a viable and inclusive option for co-parents looking to share parenting responsibilities equally. As long as it aligns with the needs and dynamics of the family, this arrangement can contribute to a supportive and nurturing environment for children, fostering positive relationships with both parents.


Fact Check and Resources

In crafting this post, we conducted thorough fact-checking and research, consulting the following sources:

  1. AAML New Jersey Chapter
  2. Planning for Parenting Time - Supreme Court of Ohio
  3. Oregon Judicial Department
  4. Office of the Attorney General Texas
  5. Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court


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Warning:  This post is neither financial, health, legal, or personal advice nor a substitute for the advice offered by a professional. These are serious matters, and the help of a professional is recommended as it can impact your future.

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