Traditional Visitation (“Standard Visitation”)
Under this plan, that traditionally has been used the most for outlining custody, the primary custodian (A) would have most of the parenting time with the minor child(ren). The secondary custodian (B) would have parenting time from Friday after school (or starting at 6 p.m.) until Sunday at 6pm (or Monday morning at school) every other weekend and dinner(s)/overnight visitation during the off week. The choice between pickups and drop-offs at school v. at 6 pm varies based upon the needs of the parties in each case with a preference towards drop offs at school to avoid conflict that may be caused by an in- person exchange.
- Less transfers during the school week
- Allows for work related travel during the week
Similar to the traditional visitation plans, this format has an every other weekend approach. The extra day allows for the noncustodial parent (B) to have extended visitation with the child(ren). As in the traditional example, pickups and dropoffs can occur either at school or at a designated time. This hybrid of joint visitation and traditional visitation has been growing in popularity over recent years.
- Allows more visitation time with the non-custodial parent
- Generally maintains a home base for the child during school
Weekly Exchange (Joint Custody)
This custody arrangement has also been popular. Obviously, it’s a week on/week off format that requires extended time away from the other parent. As a result, this format is slightly disfavored as of late.
- The minor child has equal time with each parent.
2/2/5 (also referred to as 2/2/3) (Joint Custody)
This plan is a relatively new version of the weekly exchange schedule and provides for a similar 50/50 joint custody arrangement. This plan, however, breaks the monotony of the weekly exchange schedule and provides its own level of certainty for the child(ren) involved. Since each parent has two designated nights for visitation during the week, it allows a parent to schedule day care and extracurricular activities on a consistent basis that was generally prevented under the week on/week off type of schedule. Additional, this plan provides each parent with alternating full weekends with the child.
- Children don’t have to wait whole week to see both parents
- Great for ensuring a child is able to participate in activites that happen on a consistent day of the week
- Easier to remember schedule during the week – if your parent time is on Wednesday, it is always on Wednesday.
- Alternating full weekends with both parents
- 50/50 Joint Custody