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Is the four-three schedule the best plan for parenting time?

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2021 | Child Custody

In the post-divorce world, you and your ex-spouse want to spend as much time as possible with your children and the court supports that view. 

Your parenting plan should contain the custody and visitation schedule the two of you select. Is the four-three schedule the best option for your family? 

About the 4-3 custody rotation

This schedule works for many families. It means that the children will spend four days a week with you and three days with the other parent. The schedule reverses the following week so that the children spend four days with the other parent and three with you. The 4-3 schedule is popular if the two households are fairly close together since there are biweekly exchanges. 

Other schedule options

An alternating week schedule may be a better fit for your family. This option means that the children will spend one week with you and the next week with the other parent. This might work especially well if there are very young children, since they may need more time with each parent before making a transition to the other home. To this end, you and the other parent might also consider a two-week schedule. Spending two weeks at one home, then two weeks at the other gives children more time to settle into a routine before the next exchange occurs. 

Reasons for deviation

In planning your parenting schedule, keep in mind that you will need to work in special events, holidays and vacation time, all of which can disrupt the normal schedule. Also, your children’s best interests should guide you in choosing the schedule you ultimately select.