If I am awarded shared physical placement, what are some examples of how the parenting might be shared?
In the event both parties have placement of ninety-two overnights or more, placement is considered shared. Although child placement is generally awarded based on overnights, equivalent care is also considered. An example of equivalent care would be a parent who works third shift, but cares for the children each day.
In 50/50 shared physical placement arrangements, many parents follow a 2-2-5 schedule, or a variation thereof, where one parent has the children for two weekdays, the other parent has the children for the following two weekdays, and then the parties alternate weekends from Friday to Monday morning. Below is an example placement chart to demonstrate the 2-2-5 schedule.
Another example illustrates a 9-5 schedule, which is sometimes flip-flopped during the summer so the schedule becomes 5-9 to the opposite parent.
Parents can negotiate any type of schedule that works for them and the minor children. Sometimes the schedule is nothing more than an agreement to work together on a substantially 50/50 basis, leaving the actual dates and times flexible, based on the minor children’s schedule and extracurricular activities. If the children are old enough, some parents prefer to have a one-week-on, one-week-off parenting schedule. Each family presents a different set of facts and circumstances to be considered and weighed when determining the appropriate placement schedule.