While there are now many options when it comes to establishing a
custody and visitation (or parenting time) schedule in California, many
divorcing and separating parents choose a schedule that provides one parent
with primary custody and the other parent with visitation every other weekend.
In order to avoid confusion about scheduling, some couples choose to specify
that the non-custodial parent will have visitation rights on the first, third,
and fifth weekend of every month. Since not every month has a fifth weekend, on
average, this means that the non-custodial parent will have visitation for
slightly less than 20% of the year.

These are the First, Third,
and Fifth Weekends in 2020

Whether you are already divorced or separated or
you are thinking about bringing your relationship to an end, if you have
children, it is important to make sure you know when you will have
responsibility for your children’s care. With this in mind, here are the first,
third, and fifth weekends in 2020:

January through March

  • January 4-5, 2020
  • January 18-19, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in January 2020)
  • February 1-2, 2020
  • February 15-16, 2020
  • February 29-March 1
  • March 14-15, 2020
  • March 28-29, 2020

April through June

  • April 4-5, 2020
  • April 18-19, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in April 2020)
  • March 2-3, 2020
  • March 16-17, 2020
  • March 30-31, 2020
  • June 6-7, 2020
  • June 20-21, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in June 2020)

July through September

  • July 4-5, 2020
  • July 18-19, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in July 2020)
  • August 1-2, 2020
  • August 15-16, 2020
  • August 29-30, 2020
  • September 5-6, 2020
  • September 19-20, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in September

October through December

  • October 3-4, 2020
  • October 17-18, 2020
  • October 31-November 1, 2020
  • November 14-15, 2020
  • November 28-29, 2020
  • December 5-6, 2020
  • December 19-20, 2020
  • (No fifth weekend in December

Importantly, even with this type of regular
schedule, parents can still run into some complications. For example, if a
weekend straddles two months (i.e. February 29 to March 1, 2020), is Sunday
still considered the “first” weekend of the ensuing month? We have assumed so
in the list of weekends above. Additionally, it is common practice for parents
to include special provisions in their parenting plans
for holidays. So, since July 4 falls on a Saturday in 2020, how will this
affect your parenting time rights, if at all?

Is a First, Third, and Fifth
Weekend Parenting Schedule the Right Choice for You?

When deciding whether to pursue a weekend
visitation schedule or some form of alternate parenting time arrangement, there
are many different factors you need to consider. While the practicalities of
your personal and professional life are certainly relevant, ultimately,
California law requires parents to make decisions based upon the best interests
of their children. Read our
Child Custody
to learn more.

What if You (or Your Former
Spouse or Partner) Cannot Keep Your Custody and Visitation Schedule?

If you establish a regular visitation schedule
and you (or your former spouse or partner) cannot keep your schedule, then you
have a choice you need to make: You must either make arrangements to keep your
schedule in spite of any conflicts; or, you must petition the appropriate
California court for modification or enforcement. Deviating from a child
custody order without court approval can have severe consequences. Read Common Reasons
to Lose Custody in a California Child Custody Dispute
to learn more.

Request a Confidential
Consultation with San Diego Divorce Attorney Richard M. Renkin

If you have questions about child custody and
visitation, we encourage you to get in touch. To request an appointment with
San Diego divorce attorney Richard M. Renkin, please call 619-299-7100 or inquire online today.

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