Types of 50/50 Custody in Michigan

Types of 50/50 Custody in Michigan

Establishing a parenting schedule is one of the most significant challenges divorcing parents face. Even when the spouses agree that they would like to share equal time with their children, the logistics of determining how that will work in practice can often be a new source of conflict. However, since establishing a routine is one of the most crucial ways to help children settle into the reality of a divorce, working out a fair schedule is worth the effort.

In Michigan, two forms of 50/50 custody are particularly popular: the alternating weeks schedule and the 2-2-5-5 schedule. Before committing to a schedule, it is worth considering the pros and cons of each option and what other formats there are.

The Alternating Weeks Schedule

In an alternating weeks schedule, the child spends one week with one parent and the following week with the other. This schedule provides a consistent routine and allows each parent to have extended quality time with the child. However, it also means that the child goes a whole week without seeing the other parent, which may be challenging for younger children or those who have a particularly close relationship with both parents.

The 2-2-5-5 Schedule

The 2-2-5-5 schedule is a more complex arrangement that involves the child spending two days with one parent, two days with the other parent, and then five days with the first parent, followed by five days with the second parent. This schedule allows for more frequent contact with both parents and can be helpful for children who have difficulty being away from either parent for an entire week. However, it can also be more disruptive to the child’s routine and may require more coordination between the parents.

Alternative Schedules

In addition to the alternating weeks and 2-2-5-5 schedules, there are several other options that parents can consider when establishing a custody arrangement:

  • Every Extended Weekend (60/40) – In this arrangement, one parent has the child for an extended weekend, typically from Thursday evening to Monday morning, while the other parent has the child for the remaining time. This schedule allows for a 60/40 split in parenting time.
  • Every Other Weekend Plus One Evening Per Week (70/30) – This schedule involves one parent having the child every other weekend and one evening per week, while the other parent has the child for the remaining time. This arrangement results in a 70/30 split in parenting time.
  • Alternating Weekends (80/20) – In an alternating weekends schedule, one parent has the child every other weekend, while the other parent has the child for the remaining time. This schedule results in an 80/20 split in parenting time and may be appropriate in situations where one parent has a more demanding work schedule or lives farther away from the child’s school or activities.

Contact an Experienced Michigan Child Custody Attorney

The seasoned child custody lawyers at The Smith Law Offices understand the unique challenges parents face as they attempt to establish co-parenting schedules with their former partners. We have many years of experience helping Michiganders understand their rights and options as they find a realistic and sustainable way of sharing custody. Call us today or contact us online for a confidential consultation to learn more about how we can help give you clarity for your post-divorce future.

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