Assigned Weekends Schedules

There are so many different options available for co-parents in terms of custody schedules. Each and every custody schedule has its own positives and negatives. Many family law professionals have their own opinions on which types of custody schedules work the best but in reality you must choose one that you will be able to implement easily and effectively. Assigned weekends schedules are a specific type of custody schedule created for certain situations.

Implementing an 80/20 child custody agreement

Child custody can be a very confusing topic for co-parents. Before even thinking about trying to determine your child custody schedule you must first define the type of child custody that you and your co-parent will be implementing. Your child custody agreement must be defined in your parenting plan and reviewed by a family court judge to determine if it is appropriate.

An 80/20 child custody agreement is a type of joint custody. Essentially, if you are implementing an 80/20 child custody agreement your child will be spending 80% of their time with one co-parent and 20% of their time with the other co-parent. This may seem like a very uneven split of custody, but the purpose of this split is to accommodate for those co-parents who need this type of custody agreement. For instance, an 80/20 child custody agreement may be appropriate for co-parents who do not live near each other in order to cut down on travel. This custody agreement may also be appropriate for situations where one co-parent has a very demanding work schedule that may include frequent travel. Although it doesn’t seem like 20% is very much custodial time, many co-parents have determined that it is enough time to build a strong relationship with the child.

Working with assigned weekends schedules

Assigned weekends schedules are an option if you and your co-parent are implementing an 80/20 child custody agreement. Assigned weekends schedules allow co-parents to predetermine what their child custody schedule will look like for the entire month. One of the most common ways to implement assigned weekends schedules is to assign one co-parent with the first and third weekend of the month and the other co-parent with the second and fourth weekend of the month. For instance, the co-parent with 80% physical custody of the child may have the child during each week of the month and also on the second and fourth weekend, while the co-parent with 20% physical custody of the child will have the child for only the first and third weekend of the month. If there is a fifth weekend within the same month the child will typically spend it with the co-parent who only has 20% custody. Both co-parents should discuss the issue of the fifth weekend and their determination should be defined within the parenting plan.

Co-parents also have the option to switch weekends. For instance, instead of the co-parent with 80% custody having the child on the second and fourth weekend of the month they may agree to have the child on the first and third weekend of the month. This also means that the co-parent with 20% custody may agree to have the child on the second and fourth weekend of the month.

Implementing your custody schedule with the OurFamilyWizard website®

Many different types of custody schedules can seem very simple in theory, but in reality they are often harder to implement than they seem. It is important to begin implementing your desired custody schedule as soon as you can in order to create a routine for yourself, your co-parent, and your child. Consistency is always important and can help everyone to get used to the new schedule. The OurFamilyWizard website® specializes in helping co-parents with these types of problems. With easy-to-use tools such as the OFW Calendar, implementing your assigned weekends schedules has never been easier.


NOTE: Many state and federal laws use terms like ‘custody’ when referring to arrangements regarding parenting time and decision-making for a child. While this has been the case for many years, these are not the only terms currently used to refer to these topics.

Today, many family law practitioners and even laws within certain states use terms such as ‘parenting arrangements’ or ‘parenting responsibility,’ among others, when referring to matters surrounding legal and physical child custody. You will find these terms as well as custody used on the OurFamilyWizard website.