Parents in Ohio who are going through a divorce may need to decide on a child custody plan. Many parents and courts agree that the best approach is a 50/50 schedule. However, while parents may first assume that this will mean the child alternates weekly with each parent, this may not be ideal in some cases.
For parents, a weekly schedule does free up time to do things they would be unable to if they were single parenting, but it can also be difficult because it may require them to secure child care in alternating weeks. Younger children in particular may struggle with this type of schedule. An entire week without seeing one parent could create separation anxiety. For children who are under 12, a better arrangement could be a 2-2-3 schedule. The child would spend two days with one parent, two with the other and three with the first. The schedule flips the following week. A 3-4-4-3 schedule works similarly.
There are situations in which none of these solutions are ideal. Another option for parents is to work toward a schedule that is more 60-40 when children spend long weekends with one parent and weekdays with the other parent. Some parents may only have their children on alternating weekends for visitation.
Determining a child custody schedule can be difficult. Both parents may be upset about not having their children with them full time, and in some cases, one parent is angry at the other and wants to keep the children away from them. If parents have to go to litigation, a judge will make the decision based on the best interests of the child. If parents are negotiating child custody instead of going to court, they should also try to focus on the child’s best interests.