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  • How to swap weekends on 2-2-3

    Searched for the answer to this and couldn't find it.

    Other party thinks the swapped weekend just overrides the schedule so that each parent ends up with 7 consecutive overnights, then return to 2-2-3.

    Example: Mom has Wed, Thurs. Dad is supposed to have Fri-Mon except it's a holiday so Mom gets it. Mon-Tues would have been Mom if no swapped weekend.

    I think the parents rotate so that after the holiday weekend Dad now has Mon-Tues instead of Mom. Dad has Wed-Thurs and then Fri-Sun.

    Other party thinks Mom has Wed through the holiday weekend and up to the following Tuesday and then Dad gets the next 7 days.

    I thought the point of 2-2-3 was that the child did NOT spend too many consecutive overnights away from either parent. The Order just says the holiday time supersedes the regular schedule and nothing about how to switch the weekends, however neither party is to have 3 weekends in a row.

  • #2
    It sounds like whoever drafted up your custody agreement left too much room for interpretation, which is not ideal. A solid custody arrangement should be crystal clear to prevent just these kinds of disagreements. Unfortunately, it seems like your lawyers might have dropped the ball here. Ambiguity in these documents can lead to unnecessary litigation, which cynically might benefit the lawyers more than the families involved due to the potential for additional legal fees. It’s a situation ripe for moral hazard—lawyers benefiting from not getting it right the first time.

    Typically, holiday time supersedes the regular schedule, with the understanding that the regular pattern then resumes, incorporating any adjustments needed to accommodate special occasions. This could indeed result in one parent having the kids for three weekends in a row occasionally. While this might seem unfair at first, it’s important to remember that these anomalies tend to balance out over time. Getting hung up on the occasional three-weekend stretch isn’t worth the stress or potential litigation costs.


    • #3
      Weekends are included in the 2-2-3, it's covering a 7 day schedule not a 5 day one. See here: Custody Xchange - Canada parenting time schedule. You should both have a clear understanding BEFORE you sign anything.

      In the 2-2-3 schedule, a shared parenting schedule, the child starts the week spending two days with one parent. Then they switch to the other parent's home for the next two days. Then they go back to the first parent for three days.

      The following week, the start parent switches to even out the parenting time.

      If you start this schedule on a Monday, the parents end up alternating weekends.
      If you are still working on the agreement, you can suggest alternating schedule for March break, summer break etc...


      • #4
        Thanks for the feedback - much appreciated. This schedule was court ordered, not on consent.

        The Order says that a 2-2-3 schedule shall be followed.

        Then the Order says that neither parent shall have three weekends in a row.

        The Order also says that holiday Mondays shall not change the usual parenting schedule.

        Then the Order says that Mom has Easter every year from school pick-up to drop-off (including the holiday Monday).

        A bit confusing hey?!

        So it is correct to switch out every 2-3 days? I'm still not understanding the schedule properly.


        • #5
          To me, I read it as the Easter schedule supersedes the existing schedule. Full stop.

          Then you consider that neither parent is supposed to have three weekends in a row. Should the easter schedule impact that, you go to 2-2-3 and that would give you Tues Wed, with mom having Thurs Fri and then you get the weekend.


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