I recently heard from a man who was involved in a custody situation. He explained that he and his former wife had gone to mediation to try and work out a parenting time schedule. In the course of mediation, they came up with a schedule that they both agreed on. He said he was ready to sign the agreement, but decided to take it home and look it over for a couple of days. Once he was home, he bought a computer program that had a visitation timeshare calculator. He put in his schedule, and he realized that the schedule he was about to sign actually gave him a lot less time with the children than it seemed. He went back to mediation with some changes in the schedule that made it a lot more fair.
Unfortunately, most parents don’t realize the importance that a visitation timeshare calculator can make for their parenting time schedule. However, many times the terms of the schedule can seem fair, but they hide extra holiday time, weekend time, and other hidden visits that significantly alter the parenting timeshare percentage. To really make a schedule fair, parents need to know the exact visitation timeshare that they have with the children.
The visitation timeshare is calculated by adding up all of the time that each parent has with the children. Then the hours can be converted to a percentage so that the parents can easily compare them. Parents can manually go through the schedule to figure out the percentage, or they can get computer programs to help them calculate it.
Knowing the visitation timeshare also benefits parents who are trying to make a shared parenting time schedule. In a shared parenting schedule, the mother and father have generally agreed to make a schedule where they each get about half of the time with the children. If the parents know the timeshare percentage as the create the schedule, they can truly make one that lets each parent have around fifty percent of the time.
In order to make sure that the parenting schedule is the right one, parents need to know everything about it. This includes knowing the visitation timeshare. By taking the time and effort to figure this out, the parents can have the peace of mind that comes from knowing the schedule is the best possible one for them and their children.