Common Pleas Court

Standard Visitation

RULE XXVIII
 
LIBERAL COMPANIONSHIP ARRANGEMENTS ARE ENCOURAGED BY THE COURT, AS CONTACT WITH BOTH PARENTS IS IMPORTANT TO THE CHILD(REN)
 
SPECIFIC  ITEMS IN EACH DECREE OF DIVORCE OR DISSOLUTION OR POST-DECREE ORDER TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:
 
I.  WEEKENDS: The non-custodial parent shall have visitation with the child(ren) every other weekend from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
 
II.  WEEKDAYS: The non-custodial parent shall have visitation with the child(ren) one weekday evening per week from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  The day of the week shall be determined by agreement of the parties.  If the parties cannot agree, then the day shall be Wednesday.
 
III.  EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
 Regardless of where the child(ren) are residing, their continued participation in extracurricular activities (school related or otherwise) shall continue uninterrupted.  It shall be the responsibility of the parent with whom they are residing at the time of the activity to provide the physical and economic costs of the transportation to and from these activities.  The custodial parent shall provide the non-custodial parent with notice of all extracurricular activities and the name of the activity leader, including address and telephone number, if reasonably available to the custodial parent.
 
IV.  HOLIDAYS AND BIRTHDAYS:
 
In odd-numbered years, the mother shall have the following:
 
New Year's Day, spring break, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Christmas Day, and the first half of Christmas break.
 
In odd-numbered years, the father shall have the following:
 
Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and the second half of Christmas break.
 
In even-numbered years, the schedules are reversed.
 
A.  Holiday hours for parents who cannot agree are as follows:
 
New Year's Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
President's Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Spring break - 6:00 p.m. the day school is out to 7:00 p.m. the day before school commences, to coincide with the days of the school vacation and not to interfere with school.
Easter - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fourth of July - 9:00 a.m. July 4th to 9:00 a.m. the next day
Labor Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Veteran's Day - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day - 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to 9:00 a.m. the next day
Christmas Eve - 9:00 p.m. on 12/23 to 9:00 p.m. on 12/24
Christmas Day - 9:00 p.m. on 12/24 to 9:00 p.m. on 12/25
Christmas Break (1st half) - commences 8:00 a.m. the day Christmas Break begins, continuously, with interruptions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, through half of the vacation break (which may be at noon if the number of days in Christmas Break are an odd number or 9:00 p.m. if the number of days are an even number)
Christmas Break (2nd half) - commences at (noon of the middle day of the break if the number of days in Christmas break are an odd number or 9:00 p.m. if the numbers of days are an even number) to 9:00 a.m. New Year's  Day.
 
 
 
*NONE OF THE ABOVE VISITATION TIMES SHOULD INTERFERE WITH THE CHILD(REN)'S SCHOOL SCHEDULES
 
B.  Birthdays:
 
The child(ren)'s birthdays shall be alternated between the parents on an annual basis.  Hours for parents who cannot agree are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Brothers and sisters should attend the birthday event.
 
C.  Mother's Day and Father's Day:
 
The child(ren) shall spend Mother's Day with their mother every year. The child(ren) shall spend Father's Day with their father every year. Hours for parents who cannot agree are 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m.
 
D.  Notice:
 
At least a 48-hour notice shall be given by the parent with whom the holiday is being spent for any arrangements for out-of-town travel on the holidays or of a change in pickup/return time.
 
E.  Weekend visitation during holidays:
 
The alternating weekend visitation shall be interrupted as a consequence of the holiday schedule. In other words, the holiday schedule shall preempt any weekend visitation schedule. But if any holiday falls on a Thursday or Friday, the alternating weekend visitation schedule shall not be interrupted due to the holiday schedule. A parent scheduled to have visitation on a weekend following a Thursday or Friday holiday shall continue to have such weekend visitation.
 
V.  SUMMER VISITATION:
 
The custodial parent shall have visitation with the child(ren) for the FIRST HALF of the summer school vacation each year. The non-custodial parent shall have visitation with the child(ren) for the LAST HALF of the summer school vacation each year. The summer school vacation is defined as the entire summer vacation commencing the day after the child(ren) are out of school and continuing until seven (7) days before school begins. The number of intervening weeks (full and/or partial) shall be divided in half and the non-custodial parent shall commence his/her visitation with the child(ren) at the middle point and end seven (7) days prior to the first day of school. The number of weeks will vary from year to year depending on the school schedule.
 
A.  Summer Weekend/Weekday Visitation:
 
During the summer visitation with the non-custodial parent, the custodial parent shall receive visitation as afforded the non-custodial parent the rest of the year. The weekday and alternating weekend visitation shall continue during the non-custodial parent's summer visitation, without interruption.
 
VI.  VACATIONS:
 
Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation for not more than two (2) weeks with the child(ren). The non-custodial parent shall schedule their vacation during his/her summer visitation period. The custodial parent shall schedule their vacation during the time they would normally have the child(ren). Holiday, birthday, and scheduled weekend visitation with either parent shall not be missed, requiring scheduling of the vacation around these events or that the missed occasion be made up. Weekday visitations are missed during vacations, and are therefore not required to be made up.
 
A.  Vacation schedule/itineraries:
 
A general itinerary of the vacation shall be provided for the other parent including dates, locations, addresses and telephone numbers.
 
VII.  CANCELLATIONS:
 
The non-custodial parent shall give a 24-hour notice to cancel. The time canceled by the non-custodial parent is forfeited.
 
VIII.  ILLNESS OF THE CHILD:
 
If a child is ill, the custodial parent shall give a 24-hour notice, if possible, so appropriate plans can be made.  If more than one day of any visitation weekend, holiday, birthday or vacation is missed due to non-emergency and/or non-critical illness, then any missed visitation shall be made up as soon as practicable.
 
A.  If a child is ill during a visitation period with the non-custodial parent, the custodial parent shall be contacted immediately. If medical attention is necessary, it shall be the responsibility of the non-custodial parent to get the medical attention necessary during the visitation period.
 
B.  Each parent shall keep the other parent informed of medical illnesses of the child(ren) within forty-eight (48) hours of the first awareness of illness.
 
IX.  MOVING:
 
Upon either parent learning or determining that he or she will be moving, he or she shall immediately notify the other parent except in those circumstances wherein notice is not required by O.R.C. 3109.051(G), and provide the other parent with the moving date, new residence address and telephone number, and such other pertinent information necessary to effectuate a smooth transition for the child(ren). The parents shall attempt in good faith to renegotiate an appropriate and beneficial new visitation schedule. If they are unable to do so, the non-custodial parent should file a motion with the court for visitation modification.
 
X.  ACCESS TO RECORDS:
 
Both parents shall have access to all medical, dental, optometric, psychiatric and psychological records of the minor child(ren) and may consult with any treating physician, dentist, or other health care provider for the child(ren). Both parents shall execute any authorizations or releases necessary to release these records and documents to each other. Both parents shall retain the authority to consent to any necessary emergency medical treatment for the child(ren). Each parent shall notify the other of any health problems of the child(ren).
 
Both parents shall have access to the child(ren)'s school records. Both parents shall have the right to participate in parent-teacher conferences, school trips, school programs, and other school events in which parents are invited to participate. Each parent is responsible for contacting the school, on their own, to obtain such information and schedule such activities. The parent receiving the grade card shall give a copy to the other parent within one (1) week of receipt.
 
Both parents shall have access to babysitting, day care, nursery school, and/or latchkey records of the child(ren).  Both parents shall be entitled to communicate with all physical care providers for the child(ren). Either shall execute any authorizations or releases necessary to release the records to the other.
 
Both parents shall have access to all religious records of the child(ren). Both parents shall have the right to participate and attend all religious activities of the child(ren).
 
XI.  TELEPHONE ACCESS:
 
The child(ren) must be allowed to communicate by telephone at least one (1) time per week from the residence where the child(ren) are currently residing. Either parent shall permit no less than one-half (½) hour of conversation. The parent with whom the children are residing at the time of the call shall bear the expense unless the child(ren) are permitted to telephone the other parent collect.
 
The child(ren) may call either parent collect, with the agreement of the parent being called, at any and all reasonable times as he or she wishes.
 
XII.  MAKE-UP VISITATION:
 
Any make-up visitations required by this schedule shall take place the first weekend of the other parent's weekend, immediately following the missed visitation, and shall continue during the other parent's weekend until made up in full, including partial weekends.
 
XIII.  CLOTHING:
 
The custodial parent is responsible for providing sufficient, appropriate, clean clothing for every visitation period, based on the lifestyle of the custodial parent and child(ren).
 
XIV.  WAITING TIME:
 
If either parent is more than thirty (30) minutes late arriving to pick up the child(ren), or if either parent is more than thirty (30) minutes late in having the child(ren) available to the other parent, as outlined in this visitation, then that parent forfeits their following scheduled weekend with the child(ren).
 
XV.  TRANSPORTATION:
 
It is the responsibility of the non-custodial parent to pick up the child(ren) for the scheduled weekend visitation.  It is the responsibility of the custodial parent to pick up the child(ren) after such scheduled visitation. This provision may be modified by agreement of the parties.  If the parties live more than thirty-five (35) miles apart, responsibility for transportation (including costs), should be decided in advance and a plan written into the court's specific decree.
 
The non-custodial parent shall be responsible for transportation to and from any weekday, holiday or birthday visitation. The court again references provision (XIV) regarding waiting time.
 

XVI.  CURRENT ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER:

Each parent shall keep the other informed of his or her current address and telephone number at all times.