Child custody after divorce schedules.

It is important to have a daily routine for the children. It is key in child custody after divorce.

The routines are different for the diverse age groups. Below are examples of schedules for child custody.

These examples can provide you with a basis for the development or evaluation of your own schedule for child custody after divorce. For each age group, options are provided for the type of divorce you have to cope with.

You can adapt the schedules to your specific situation.

The age groups considered are:

  • Infants and Babies: Birth to Eighteen Months
  • Toddlers:  Eighteen Months to Three Years
  • Preschoolers from Three to Five Years Old
  • Early School-Age Children from Six to Nine Years Old
  • Late School-Age Children from Ten to Twelve Years Old
  • Adolescents Age Thirteen to Eighteen

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Infants and Babies: Birth to Eighteen Months

Traditional child custody after divorce options for an Angry Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., including an afternoon nap.
  • Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., picked up at day care and returned to other parent's home.

More Integrated Options for a Distant Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., including an afternoon nap; every Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., perhaps spending some time at the residential parent's home.
  • Every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.; every Monday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., picked up at day care and returned to other parent's home.

Closely Integrated child custody after divorce options for a cooperative divorce

  • Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., including an afternoon nap; every Monday and Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.; some contact/feeding/bedtime takes place at residential parent's home.
  • Two weekdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (substituting for child care); every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; occasional Saturday overnights if the baby seems to tolerate them well.

Toddlers: Eighteen Months to Three Years

Traditional child custody after divorce options for an Angry Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Overnight until 10:00 a.m. on alternate Sundays
  • Every other weekend from 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, with an overnight until 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Alternate Monday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the Monday following the weekend spent with the residential parent.

More Integrated Options for a Distant Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., including a nap. Overnight until 9:00 a.m. on alternate Sundays. Every Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Closely Integrated Options for a Cooperative Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Every Monday and Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.; some contact/feeding/bedtime takes place at residential parent's home.
  • Two weekdays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (substituting for child care); every Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Preschoolers from Three to Five Years Old

Traditional child custody after divorce options for an Angry Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. on Friday until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Alternate Mondays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on the Monday following the weekend spent with the residential parent.

More Integrated Options for a Distant Divorce

  • Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Every Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. on Friday until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. picked up and returned to day care.

Closely Integrated Options for a Cooperative Divorce

  • Two weekdays from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.. (substituting for child care). Overnights every Thursday night. Every other weekend Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Early School-Age Children from Six to Nine Years Old

Late School-Age Children from Ten to Twelve Years Old

Traditional child custody after divorce options for an Angry Divorce

  • Every Friday from after school until 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Alternate Mondays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on the Monday following the weekend spent with the residential parent.

More Integrated Options for a Distant Divorce

  • Every Friday from after school until 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Every Monday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Alternate Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Closely Integrated Options for a Cooperative Divorce

  • Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with one parent; every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the other parent.
  • Every Monday and Tuesday with one parent; every Wednesday and Thursday with the other parent. Alternate weekends from Friday through Sunday with each parent.

Adolescents Age Thirteen to Eighteen

Traditional child custody after divorce options for an Angry Divorce

  • Every Friday from after school until 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. Friday until 4:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Alternate Mondays from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • on the Monday following the weekend spent with the residential parent.

More Integrated Options for a Distant Divorce

  • Every Friday from after school until 5:00 p.m. Saturday. Every Monday evening from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Every other weekend from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Alternate Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Closely Integrated Options for a cooperative divorce

  • Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with one parent; every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the other parent.
  • Every Monday and Tuesday with one parent; every Wednesday and Thursday with the other parent. Alternate weekends from Friday through Sunday with each parent.

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