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Who benefits from a 50-50 child custody plan?

Divorcing parents will always struggle to find a workable solution to sharing the time they have with their children. In some cases, the best way to work out a parenting plan is to share the children 50-50. This usually involves the children living half the time with one parent and the remaining time with the other. Parents might divide their kids every other week, every two weeks or split the week right down the middle. Ultimately, it's best that the plan works to provide each parent with equal weekend time to enjoy with the kids.

As for whom the 50-50 plan works best, parents who answer "yes" to the following might benefit from the 50-50 plan:

  • The parents live close enough to one another to make exchanges convenient.
  • The parents can communicate and make decisions without constantly fighting.
  • The child is mentally and emotionally capable of living in two different homes.
  • Both parents have a commitment to the best interests of the child or children.
  • Both parents are on board with the idea of a 50-50 plan.

While the 50-50 plan strives to give both parents equal time with the kids, it's important for parents to look closely at the days they will have the kids and their and their children's schedules for those days. Ultimately, a weekend day should count as more parenting time than a school or work day since weekend days are an opportunity to spend the entire day with the children.

If you're ready to try the 50-50 parenting plan with your ex-spouse and co-parent, learn more about these plans and other child custody arrangements by visiting our website.

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