Custody Schedule Examples by Age

The most popular custody schedules are 'Every Other Weekend', '3-2-2', 'Every Other Weekend Plus a Mid-Week Visit' and 'Week About'. Let's look at examples of all the top child visitation schedules by age.

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50/50 Custody Schedule Examples

50/50 custody schedule for a preschooler

2-1-1-1-1-1 (6 visits a fortnight)

For a preschool child, the best 50/50 schedules have frequent changeovers. Getting to 50/50 can be done by having 6 visits a fortnight with each parent, including a stay of two nights.
Ages 0-5

Example of a 50/50 custody schedule for a young schoolchild

1-2-1-1-2 (split weekends)

Around the ages 5 to 8, kids are very active and want to see both parents often. The "split weekends" schedule is well balanced and can be used if parents live near one another.
Ages 5-8

50/50 custody schedule example for ages 8 and above

3-2-2 (alternating blocks)

A popular schedule when parents are both close to school is 3-2-2. Each parent has 3 nights on alternate weekends and a pair of weekday nights every week. The schedule is ideal for ages 8+.
Ages 13+Ages 8+

Summer week about 50/50 custody schedule

Week about (alternating weeks)

A common schedule is "week about" or "alternating weeks". This fortnightly schedule is overused but works well in the summer when children are older.
Summer 13+

60/40 Custody Schedule Examples

60/40 custody schedule for a toddler or preschool child

Mon-Wed-Sat (3 visits a week)

For an infant, toddler or other preschooler, short visits are best. The Mon-Wed-Sat schedule gives the secondary carer 3 short visits each week. These could be overnight stays depending on child age(s).
Ages 0-5

60/40 long-distance custody schedule for a pre-school child

Tue-Fri-Sat (3 days a week)

For a preschooler whose parents live quite a distance apart, a 1-2 weekly schedule can work nicely. In the example, one parent has care every Tuesday and Fri-Sat.
DistanceAges 0-5

60/40 custody schedule with 5 visits a fortnight

1-1-2-1-1 (5 visits a fortnight)

When a school child is not ready for long stays away from Mom or Dad, the 1-1-2-1-1 schedule is a good one. Extra travel is minimal if both parents can easily do school pick ups and drop offs.
Ages 5-8

3-2-1 60/40 custody schedule

3-2-1 (classic 60/40)

3-2-1 is a well-balanced schedule and a close variation on the 3-2-2. The timetable has alternating blocks but with one parent having every Tuesday (or every Wednesay if preferred).
Ages 13+Ages 8+

60/40 long-distance custody schedule for a school-age child

Every weekend (extended)

If a parent can't do school runs, they could instead have the child every weekend for a 3-day visit. The drawback is that the child is always "away" on the weekend.
DistanceAges 13+Ages 8+Ages 5-8

65/35 Custody Schedule Examples

65/35 custody schedule for a preschooler

Wednesday and alternating Sat, Sun, Mon

A baby, toddler or other preschooler can see both parents often with a 65/35 split. For example, the secondary carer can have every Wednesday. As well, the days from Saturday to Monday alternate between parents.
Ages 0-5

65/35 custody schedule for a young schoolchild

1-2 repeat (5 single days spread over fortnight)

For a young schoolchild, a good example schedule is a repeating cycle of 1 day with one parent and then 2 days with the primary carer. For convenience, most changeovers can happen via school.
Ages 5-8

65/35 custody schedule for ages 8 plus

1-3-1 (classic 65/35)

The classic 65/35 schedule has a 3-day visit every other weekend. As well, the child visits the non-primary carer on alternating Mondays and Thursdays. Time away is a few days at most.
Ages 13+Ages 8+

65/35 custody schedule not recommended

Every other weekend plus a mid-week visit

A common visitation schedule is for one parent to see their child every other weekend and on Wednesdays. While the timetable is simple to follow, the visits are poorly spaced out.
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65/35 custody schedule for schoolchild with a long-distance parent

2 and 3 night weekends

If one parent lives far away (say, 90+ minutes), visits every weekend are needed for a 65/35 percentage split. Visits can alternate between 2 and 3 overnights.
DistanceAges 13+Ages 8+Ages 5-8

70/30 Custody Schedule Examples

70/30 custody schedule for a preschooler

Tuesday and Saturday

30 percent custody works out to 2 days a week. Tuesday and Saturday visits is a good pairing, balancing a visit at the start of each weekend with a weekday visit.
Ages 0-5

70/30 custody schedule for a young schoolchild

Wednesday and Sunday

Once a child is going to school, Wednesday and Sunday are good times to visit the secondary carer. A Sunday overnight allows the parent to drop the child off at school Monday morning.
Ages 5-8

70/30 custody schedule for ages 8 to 13

1-2-1 (classic 70/30)

With the classic 70-30 schedule, one parent has a 2-night visit every other weekend. They also have overnight visits on the Thursday and Monday either side of their weekend off.
Ages 8+

70/30 custody schedule for a teenager

Extended weekend plus a Monday

For a teenager, a popular 70/30 custody plan is every other weekend (3 nights) plus a Monday. The Monday visit shortens time away from the non-primary carer.
Ages 13+

70/30 custody schedule for a teen with a long-distance parent

2 out of 3 weekends

A tri-weekly schedule is a good way for a teen to regularly see a parent who lives far away. 2 out of 3 weekends are spent with the long-distance parent.
DistanceAges 13+

80/20 Custody Schedule Examples

80/20 custody schedule for a child aged 7 and under

A Monday, Sunday and Saturday each fortnight

80/20 works out to only a few days each fortnight for one parent. The best example schedule for a young child has these visits on a Monday, Sunday and Saturday.
Ages 5-8Ages 0-5

80/20 custody schedule for a child aged 8 or older

Every other weekend plus a Monday

For older children, the "20% parent" can provide care for 2 nights every other weekend as well as the Monday following their week off. The Monday visit prevents a large gap between visits.
Ages 13+Ages 8+

80/20 custody schedule for an older child with a long-distance parent

Every other weekend (extended)

If one parent lives far from school, the best 80/20 schedule for an older child is every other weekend. The child visits the parent for 3 consecutive nights each fortnight.
DistanceAges 13+Ages 8+

85/15 Custody Schedule Examples

85/15 custody schedule for all ages

A Sunday and Saturday each fortnight

An 85/15 split means one care day a week for one parent. A schedule that works OK at all ages is to have the weekly visit alternate between Saturday and Sunday.
Ages 13+Ages 8+Ages 5-8Ages 0-5

85/15 custody schedule with a long-distance parent

Every other weekend

Every other weekend is the main 85/15 schedule when one parent lives some distance away. For younger children, only use this if travel times are very long.
DistanceAges 13+Ages 8+Ages 5-8Ages 0-5

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Getting the right schedule is super important. Kids need to see their parents regularly – but with limited travel. The fact is that schedules handed down by judges are usually sub-optimal.

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