How to Make a 2/2/5/5 Child Custody Schedule


A solid schedule is critical for making a joint custody agreement work. A 2/2/5/5 custody schedule is one in which one parent take the child for two days, then the other parent takes her for two days. The first parent then gets the child for five days and the other parents gets her for the next five days.

Things You'll Need

  • Calendar
  • Decide a date for the custody schedule to start. You and the other parent can pick a date or there might be one in the custody order. Pick the date and start your schedule from there.

  • Choose which day of the week to start the switch. This depends on which days each parent wants to be with the kids. The 2/2/5/5 schedule lines up so that the parents pretty much have the same two days every week. Decide what works best for mother and father.

  • Start on the weekday before your agreement starts. For example, if your schedule starts on April 1 and you decide to start the rotating schedule on a Monday, go to the Monday before April 1.

  • Decide which parent starts the rotating schedule. You also need to choose the times that the days start and end. For example, you can choose to have the days start and stop when the child goes to school at 8 a.m. That will be the trade-off time.

  • Mark the first two days as custody time for the first parent and the next two for the other parents. Mark the next five days for the first parent and the next five for the other parent.

  • Apply the two-week repeating cycle throughout the calendar year. Add in the holiday schedule and any special events.

Tips & Warnings

  • Custody software can help you easily create your 2/2/5/5 schedule and apply it to the year.
  • Experiment with different options to see what works best for you.


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