California Child Custody Timeshare Arrangements

California child custody timeshare arrangements works best when parents work together. Children need both parents to actively be involved with their lives. Unless there is a serious threat of domestic violence or child abuse, both parents should develop a flexible California child custody timeshare arrangement. Determining child custody and visitation is often challenging during a divorce. Some parents feel hesitant to share visitation rights when the other parent has shown little to no interest in his/her child’s life. When disputes arise, parents should consider attending mediation to achieve a resolution. Contact San Diego Esquire for more information on how to obtain a child custody order. Read on to learn more about California child custody timeshare arrangements.

Child Custody & Visitation

Child custody consists of legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to how parents make decisions as to their children’s health care, education, religious practices, and overall welfare. Parents can share joint legal custody of their children. A parent can also be granted sole legal custody. Physical custody refers to the parent in which the children will reside with on a routine basis. Physical custody can be joint or sole. Visitation, also known as “time-share,” refers to how much time children spend with their parents.

Visitation schedules include one of the following:

  • Scheduled visitation
  • Reasonable visitation
  • Supervised visitation
  • No visitation

A parent who has his/her children less than half the time has a visitation with the children.  The amount of time a parent spends with his/her children is referred to as “custodial timeshare.” The amount of custodial timeshare a parent has effects the amount of child support he/she pays or receives.

Parents must first establish a custodial schedule to determine a timeshare percentage. This percentage is the figure used to determine child support. Below is a chart that illustrates timeshare percentage.

Timeshare Percentage

One weekend per month6.58%
One extended weekend per month9.86%
Two weekends per month13.15%
One weekend per month and one evening per week13.70%
One extended weekend plus one overnight per week*19%
Alternate weekends14.25%
Alternate weekends plus two weeks during summer18.36%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus two weeks during summer18.90%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus two weeks during summer (CP also has two weeks during summer)18.36%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus one month during summer*23%
Two extended weekends per month19.73%
Alternate weekends and one evening per week21.37%
Alternate weekends and one overnight per week28.49
Alternate extended weekends.21.40%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus four summer weeks (alternate summer weekends with makeups)21.10%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus four summer weeks (no alternate weekends)20.55%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays plus 1/2 summer22.47%
Alternate extended weekends plus one evening per week28.49%
Alternate extended weekends plus one overnight per week35.62%
Alternate weekends, 1/2 holidays, 1 evening/week, four summer weeks (alt. weekends continued during summer, makeup weekends for the 4 weeks)28.23%

 

 

Alternate weekends, 1 evening/week when school in session and 1/2 school vacation28.49%
One day per week14.29
Two days per week28.57%
Three days per week42.85%
Four days per week57.14
Five days per week71.43
Six days per week85.71
First, third and fifth weekends15.34%
First, third and fifth extended weekends23.01%
First, third and alternate fifth weekends14.25%
First, third and alternate extended weekends21.37%
One evening per week7%
One overnight per week14.2
Two weeks during the summer3.85%
All time during which child is not in school (i.e. summer, winter and spring breaks, Thanksgiving holidays, etc.)31%
Alternate weekend, one overnight per week plus 1/2 of all time child not in school30%
Alternate weekends, one overnight per week , 1/2 holidays plus one month during summer29%
Alternate weekends, one overnight per week plus 1/2 of all time child not in school30%
Alternate weekends, one evening per week plus entire summer30%
Alternate weekends, one overnight per week plus entire summer39%
Three days one week/four days the next week and continuing thereafter49.99%

A standard weekend is from 5:00 p.m. Friday to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. An extended weekend is from Friday afternoon when school is out until Monday morning after school starts.

Creating a Parenting Plan

When creating a parenting plan, parents should consider the following into the schedule:

  • The children’s school schedule
  • Holidays and special events
  • Visitation transportation arrangements
  • Alternative schedules for school vacations
  • Relocation requests
  • Modifications to the parenting schedule
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Grandparents and extended family

Contact San Diego Esquire for more information about California child custody timeshare arrangements. We can help you develop a parenting plan and obtain a child custody order.

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About the Author:

Kymeshia Morris Esq., founder of San Diego Esquire has practiced law in California since 2012. During her career as a lawyer, she has co-authored legal publications and self-help articles. Kymeshia is dedicated to providing affordable legal services to California businesses and individuals.

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