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What is a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule in a Child Custody Order?

A 2-2-3 parenting schedule is a  way that parents with joint physical custody of children divide the custody time. Many parents choose this schedule because it allows a reasonable amount of uninterrupted time with the children and the children are never apart from either parent for long. The phrase 2-2-3 in the context of a parenting schedule refers to days.

Parent 1 has the children for the first two days of the week. Parent 2 has custody of the children for the next two days. Parent 1 then takes the kids for the next three days which includes a weekend. Then, it’s Parent 2’s turn to have custody for two days. Parent 1 gets the kids back on the second two days. Parent 1 takes the children for three days including a weekend.

The schedule goes back and forth; both parents enjoy weekend and weekday time with the children. It is not a good schedule for parents who live far from each other.

Good point: There is a not a big gap in the time each parent spends with the child in a 2-2-3 custody schedule.

Bad points: There is a lot of transferring. If the parents live far apart it can be hard on the children to travel as frequently as is required in a 2-2-3 plan. With older children a 2-2-3 plan is often too much. Many times older kids prefer to stay with one parent for a week and the other parent for a week.

Want to change your custody order? Read this. Want to learn how the court determines child custody schedules in Los Angeles and Orange County? Read this. Want an overview of child custody in the context of divorce or unmarried couple separations? Read this.

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