Co-parenting after a divorce can be challenging, to say the least. Amidst the emotional upheaval, parents are tasked with finding a balance between living separate lives while still spending time with their children, and prioritizing their best interests.

Co-parenting after divorce can be tricky, but it can be done successfully by following a parenting schedule. One such schedule gaining popularity is the 2-2-3 parenting schedule, designed to provide consistency and flexibility for both parents and children.

What is a 2-2-3 Custody Schedule?

The 2-2-3 parenting schedule, also known as the “alternating days” schedule, involves rotating custody between parents in a pattern of two days with one parent, two days with the other parent, and then three days with the initial parent. This cycle repeats, ensuring that children spend regular and consistent time with both parents.

Example of a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule

  • Week 1: Monday and Tuesday with Parent A, Wednesday and Thursday with Parent B, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with Parent A.
  • Week 2: Monday and Tuesday with Parent B, Wednesday and Thursday with Parent A, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with Parent B.
  • The cycle repeats every two weeks.

Pros and Cons of a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule


  • Consistency: Children have frequent and regular contact with both parents, promoting stability and a sense of security.
  • Flexibility: The schedule allows for flexible parental time-sharing arrangements, accommodating parents’ work schedules and other commitments.
  • Minimal Transitions: With short intervals between exchanges, children experience fewer transitions, reducing stress and disruption.
  • Equal Time with Both Parents: Children regularly spend time with both parents, which fosters closeness and enables them to establish secure bonds with each parent.
  • Long Weekends: Each parent gets alternating long weekends with the kids. For working parents, weekends are valuable for bonding and rejuvenating with the kids. The 2-2-3 schedule guarantees each parent two weekends a month with their children.
  • Separate Parenting Approach: Each parent can apply their individual parenting approach. For instance, one parent may prefer connecting with the kids through art projects, while the other may enjoy outdoor activities like bike rides. By embracing balanced parenting, both parents can showcase their distinct viewpoints and skills, introducing the children to diverse experiences and interests.


  • Complexity: The schedule may be more complex to manage and track compared to traditional custody arrangements.
  • Less Time Together: Parents may feel they have less consecutive time with their children compared to other custody schedules.
  • Communication: Effective communication and cooperation between parents are essential to ensure smooth transitions and adherence to the schedule.
  • Disruptive: The alternating schedule may disrupt an older child’s schedule or preference, especially if they need to spend time with tutors, coaches, friends, or other caregivers.

Will a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule Work for you?

This parenting schedule may be suitable for parents who:

  • Have flexible or predictable work schedules.
  • Have very young children or children who are securely attached to both parents.
  • Live in close proximity to each other to facilitate frequent exchanges.
  • Prioritize maintaining consistent contact and involvement in their children’s lives.

Creating a 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule

In most cases, the court wants what’s best for the child when deciding custody. So, if parents can’t agree on the terms, the 2-2-3 custody schedule needs court approval.

To get this schedule approved, parents should show how it meets the child’s needs, keeps things consistent, and gives both parents enough time with the child. Courts also look at things like parents’ work hours, how old the child is, what the child wants, and how well the parents can work together.

To create a 2-2-3 parenting schedule that the court can approve, you need:

  • Open Communication: Discuss and collaborate with your co-parent to create a schedule that meets the needs of both parents and children.
  • Consider Children’s Needs: Take into account children’s ages, school schedules, extracurricular activities, and individual preferences.
  • Flexibility: Remain open to adjustments and modifications as circumstances change over time.
  • Legal Guidance: Consult with a family law attorney to ensure the proposed schedule complies with legal requirements and protects the best interests of the children.

Alternatives to the 2-2-3 Parenting Schedule

While the 2-2-3 parenting schedule offers benefits, it may not be suitable for every family. Alternative custody schedules, such as week-on/week-off or 3-4-4-3 arrangements, provide different options to accommodate diverse family dynamics and schedules.

At The Peterson Law Firm, we understand how co-parenting arrangements work, and how they impact families of divorced couples. We are dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance to divorcing parents who wish to reach a parenting arrangement that works for them and especially for their children. 

If you’re considering implementing a 2-2-3 parenting schedule or exploring alternative custody arrangements, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Give us a call today to schedule a personalized consultation. Your children’s well-being is our top priority, and we’re committed to helping you navigate this challenging time with confidence and clarity.


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