WHAT IS A 50/50 POSSESSION SCHEDULE?
Currently, the standard possession order (SPO) or standard possession schedule is the schedule most often ordered by the Courts due to the presumption that it is in the best interest of the child. However, if both parties believe a 50/50 schedule will would be more effective than an SPO, the Judge may grant the parties 50/50 schedule, so long as the Judge feels it is in the best interest of the child.
VARIOUS TYPES OF A 50/50 VISITATION SCHEDULES
50/50 possession schedules may vary. There are many 50/50 possession schedule options, however, here are two of the most common schedules used:
1. One Week on/One Week off Schedule:
Each party has possession of the child for one week at a time. Some week on/week off schedules allow the party not in possession of the child to have a mid-week period of possession with the child so each party does not go a full seven days without seeing the child.
This schedule allows one party to have possession of the child every Monday and Tuesday. The other party to have possession of the child every Wednesday and Thursday. Then the parties rotate the child on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The party having weekend possession of the child has 5 days of possession in a row.
Always remember that whichever 50/50 schedule the parties have put in place, the Judge has the final approval to assure the schedule will be in the best interest of the child.