4 Common Joint Child Custody Schedules in CA

If you and your ex-spouse have been awarded joint child custody, you must both figure out how your child will spend her time with each of you. This is commonly known as a visitation schedule. 

If you and the other parent can create your own visitation schedule, the court will approve it, so long as it is fair and reasonable. On the other hand, if both of you cannot reach an agreement, then the court will ultimately determine a parenting plan. 

The following are four of the common joint custody schedules in California: 

  • Every Other Week (Alternating Weeks) Custody Schedule – Also known as the “week on, week off” schedule, this occurs when the parents share custody of their child or children weekly. Therefore, the parents determine a specific day and time to exchange the child. 

  • 2-2-3 Custody Schedule – In the course of a week, one parent has the child for two days (i.e., Monday at 8 AM until Wednesday at 8 AM), then the other parent also has the child for two days (i.e., Wednesday at 8 AM until Friday at 8 AM, then the parent who has the child for the first two days of the week will have him/her for the weekend (i.e., Friday at 8 PM until Monday at 8 AM). On the next week, the arrangement switches. 

  • 2-2-5 Custody Schedule – Similar to the 2-2-3 schedule, one parent will have the child for two days every week and the other parent will have the child for two days every week, but the parents will alternate weekends. This allows both parents to spend time with their child for five days at a time on alternating weeks. 

  • Weekend Visitation Schedule – Also known as the “primary school parent” schedule, this occurs when one parent has the child Monday through Friday during the school year, and the other parent spends time with the child on alternating or most weekends and during most school breaks. This is often the preferable schedule if the parents do not live near each other, if one parent cannot drop off and/or pick up the child from school due to work conflicts, or because such an arrangement is in the child’s best interests. 

Every family is different, which is why there are various custody and visitation arrangements tailored to fit each of their needs. To determine which visitation schedule is best for your situation, speak with an experienced family law attorney. 

If you are interested in establishing or modifying a child custody or visitation order in Riverside County, contact Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich today at (951) 506-6654 for a free initial consultation. Our legal team is backed by a Board Certified Family Law Specialist and has handled thousands of cases. 


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