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Common Parenting Time Schedules in Michigan: Finding the Right Balance for Co-Parenting


When it comes to co-parenting, establishing a parenting time schedule is crucial for creating stability and consistency in a child's life. In Michigan, as in many other states, there are various parenting time schedules available to parents navigating the challenges of shared physical custody. This article will delve into some of the common parenting time schedules observed in Michigan, providing an overview of their structure and potential benefits.

2-2-5-5 Schedule:

The 2-2-5-5 schedule is a popular choice among co-parents in Michigan. It provides consistency by rotating time between parents in a predictable manner. In this schedule, one parent has the child for two days, followed by the other parent having the child for two days. Then, the child spends five days with the first parent before switching to the other parent for another five days. This cycle repeats, ensuring both parents have equal and regular contact with their child.

Alternating Weeks Schedule:

The alternating weeks schedule offers a straightforward arrangement, where the child spends one week with each parent. This type of schedule provides a longer period of uninterrupted time for both parents and allows for consistency in the child's routine. It may be suitable for co-parents who live farther apart or have difficulty with frequent transitions.

3-4-4-3 Schedule:

The 3-4-4-3 schedule, also known as the "every other extended weekend" schedule, provides an opportunity for one parent to have extended weekend time. The schedule works as follows: one parent has the child for three days, followed by the other parent having the child for four days. Then, the first parent has the child for four days, and the cycle continues. This schedule is popular for parents who want to maximize their time with the child during weekends.

Customized Schedules:

It's essential to note that these schedules are not one-size-fits-all solutions. It is possible to customize parenting time schedules based on the parties' unique circumstances, work schedules, and the child's needs. Co-parents can work together to create a schedule that best suits their family dynamics, ensuring the child's well-being remains the top priority. When creating customized parenting time schedules, the services of an attorney can be particularly helpful because the attorney can help parents address items in the parenting plan that the parents did not consider and ensure compliance with the court's standards.


Navigating shared custody can be challenging, but establishing a parenting time schedule is crucial for maintaining stability and ensuring the child's well-being. By understanding these common parenting time schedules and working together, co-parents can find the right balance that allows for meaningful involvement from both parents while promoting a healthy and nurturing environment for the child's growth and development.

For more information, or to discuss how Benedetto Law, PLLC can help you create a parenting time schedule for your family, contact our office for a free consultation.

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