Choosing and understanding all the different types of child custody and schedules is an overwhelming process. An 80/20 custody schedule has your child spending 80% of their time with one parent and 20% with the other.

This is a more traditional child custody schedule and is the basic child lives with one parent and visits the other parent every other weekend. This custody schedule is often referred to as the alternating weekends custody schedule.

Child custody is determined in two ways. First, both parents come to an agreement and submit it to the courts for approval. This is most common because it costs less and parents have a say in what happens to their child. Plus, the court will usually approve the custody schedule if both parents agree.

Second, the parents are unable to agree on custody and go to court. This is substantially more expensive and drawn out. Only about 10% of child custody cases go to court. When you are fighting for custody the court decides what they believe to be in the best interest of the child. Sometimes the result is not what either parent would like.

Here are some reasons why you or the court may consider or choose an 80/20 custody schedule:

It can be difficult to understand and choose the right child custody schedule. There are many things to consider and you want to make the right choice. The biggest recommendation I have when helping families choose a custody schedule is to remind them their situation is unique.

Many people will tell you what you should do or need to do. Listen to their advice but if it doesn’t work in your situation don’t worry about it. The major thing you need to do is work toward a schedule which is in your, the other parent, and especially your child’s best interest. The needs of your child must always be put first.

Good Luck!