Will A 2-2-3 Co-Parenting Schedule Work For Your Family?
Many couples enter divorce mediation hoping to emerge with a parenting plan where each parent gets an equal number of days of parenting time, and some of them succeed. Their motivation might be to minimize stress for their children, or it may just be that neither parent wants to give up half of the parenting time. Since the week has an odd number of days, there are various schedules for 50/50 timesharing, such as alternating weeks, 3-4-4-3, 2-2-5-5, and 2-2-3. Whether a 2-2-3 parenting schedule or other 50/50 time sharing arrangement works for your family depends on your children’s ages, your relationship with your ex-spouse, and how close to each other you and your ex live. For help planning out a parenting plan with a 2-2-3 schedule, contact a Boca Raton child custody lawyer.
50/50 Co-Parenting Schedules Require More Planning Than Unequal Ones
A 2-2-3 parenting schedule means that you will be with the children on different days and different weeks. Perhaps it is more properly called a 2-2-3-2-2-3 schedule, because it is a two-week cycle that repeats 26 times during the year (unless your parenting time has exceptions for holidays). In other words, the kids are with Mom from Monday morning until Wednesday morning, with Dad from Wednesday morning until Friday morning, with Mom from Friday morning until Monday morning, with Dad from Monday morning until Wednesday morning, and so on.
Most families with a 2-2-3 schedule have children under the age of five. This means that, in order to avoid constant conflict, each household will need a full set of equipment for the child. This means two car seats, two strollers, and two houses fully stocked with pacifiers, diapers, and baby wipes. It is possible for a 2-2-3 parenting plan to work for school-aged children, but only if both parents live near the school; if the child attends a neighborhood public school, both parents will need to live in an area assigned to that school.
Is 50/50 Co-Parenting Fair to Everyone, or Is It Stressful for Everyone?
A 2-2-3 schedule can work if both parents are committed to it. With school-aged children, it could mean lots of phone calls with urgent requests to deliver the child’s laptop computer or tennis racquet to the other parent’s house, which could make co-parenting stressful for everyone. On the other hand, if you are organized enough, it could mean that you rarely have to communicate with your ex at all. You simply pick up your child at school or daycare on Friday afternoon and drop your child off again on Monday morning, without ever interacting directly with your ex-spouse. If extended family members live in town, they can help with the many drop-offs and pick-ups involved in 50/50 co-parenting.
Contact Schwartz | White About Co-Parenting With a 50/50 Timesharing Schedule
A South Florida family law attorney can help you form an individualized parenting plan where both parents get to spend ample amounts of time with the children. Contact Schwartz | White in Boca Raton, Florida about your case.