There are a variety of joint custody plans. The goal is for the coParents to work together in creating the best plan for their child, that will assure their comfort and stability.

The many different plans vary from when the traditional father has children every other weekend and one night during the week, to one week on/one week off with each parent. It is critical that whatever custody plan you and your ex-partner decide on is in the best interest of your children.

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It is this author’s belief, however, that it is important to have the children on a schedule where they are not jumping from one house to the other every other day. So in cases of 50/50 custody, plans such as 2-3-3-2, 4-3-3-4, or for children who can tolerate it that are at least ten years of age, one week mother, one week father.

Some children like the one week on, one week off, but others have a very hard time with this. It is important to get professional help in the form of a consultation with a custody evaluator or psychotherapist that is very familiar with custody and visitation issues and works prior to making an agreement as to what schedule for your children.


About Alice R. Berkowitz

Dr. Alice R. Berkowitz has been in practice as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist since 1986. Her psychotherapy practice is currently located in Beverly Hills, California, after over 28 years at the prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Office Towers in Los Angeles, California.

Serving a wide variety of clientele, Berkowitz sees many high profile personalities in the Los Angeles area, is certified as an addiction specialist and travels doing consultations all over the country. Berkowitz is also trained as a neuropsychologist, and is well versed in the effects of addiction on the different areas of the brain.

In addition to her work as a clinical psychologist, Berkowitz has also worked as a Child Custody Evaluator, Expert Witness, Mediator and Reunification Therapist in Family Court since 1986. Her areas of expertise are in the area of parental alienation, parenting plans, parenting training and coaching, dealing with high-conflict families, divorce coaching, conjoint therapy, domestic violence, substance abuse, reunification therapy, PTSD, parent-child relationships, child sexual abuse and allegations of alleged sexual abuse.