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The plans provided are to act as a guide in developing a parenting time plan that best suites the needs of the child as well as the parents.
They are recommendations, not required methods.

Recommended for children ages Birth to 5 years.

How it Works

Every week, the non-custodial parent has the child 3 times. Two of the periods are for 3-5 hours and one 8-hour period.




Vacations that are much different from the regular parenting time schedule are not recommended unless the parents agree.


Parents should consider dividing holidays or special occasions in time blocks similar to their regular parenting time.

This plan should be chosen if

  • Parents have been using Plans 1 or 2 for some time
  • Both parents have a bond with the child
  • Parenting skills are adequate, but where one of the parents has less available time than the other to devote to the child
  • The child has previously spent most of the time with one parent


  • The child has frequent, but short visits with the parent who has less parenting time
  • Offers consistency and predictability
  • The custodial parent receives a few "breaks" throughout the week


  • There are 5-6 exchanges each week, which may be difficult for parents that do not get along
  • The week may seem a bit "choppy" or broken up