If a judge gives you joint custody in New York, you’ll have to figure out a custody schedule that gives you and your former spouse equal time with your child. Some families prefer the traditional alternating week schedule while others need something a little more complex. You’ll also have to factor in your work schedule so you can maximize your time with your child.
What are some custody schedule options?
- Alternating weeks: Each parent gets the child for a week, then switches off on weekends. This is usually the simplest option, but it also forces the child to go long stretches of time without seeing the other parent.
- Alternating weeks with a visit: This schedule is similar to alternating weeks but with a visit with the other parent in the middle of the week.
- Alternating weeks with an overnight: Instead of one visit, the child stays overnight with the other parent in the middle of the week.
- 2-2-3 Rotation: The child stays for one parent for two days, the other parent for two days and the first parent for three days over the weekend.
- 3-3-4-4 rotation: The child stays at one parent’s house for three days and the other parent’s house for three days. This pattern repeats with four days, then switches back to three days again.
- 2-2-5-5 rotation: This is the same as the 3-3-4-4 rotation, but with two and five days instead.
Which option is right for you?
Talk to your attorney about figuring out the right schedule for you. Some parents prefer alternating days because you don’t have to go an entire week without seeing your child. However, this schedule comes with its own set of challenges.