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Holmes County Rule 25 (F) Visitation
(1) General provisions.
Visitation is a time for children to do things with the parent they do not live with. Activities the nonresidential parent does with the children or skills taught to the children help the time to be rewarding. Helping the children to find friends in the non‑residential parent’s neighborhood also helps to make it like home for them. Liberal visiting arrangements are encouraged, as contact with both parents is important to children. Specific items in any journal entry of the Court take precedence over this rule. Changes or modifications can be made by the Court if the need for such is shown.
(a) Unless otherwise agreed in writing between the parties and subject to further order of this Court, subparagraphs (2) and (3) set forth the minimum amount of visitation between the non‑residential parent and the children.
(b) Visitation does not constitute the nonresidential parent picking the children up and leaving them with someone other than a relative, other than as required for employment.
(c) The residence of the children shall not be removed from the State of Ohio without first obtaining a modified allocation of parental rights and responsibilities order from this Court.
(d) All parties shall refrain from arguments or breaches of the peace in the presence of the children and in carrying out the terms of this Rule or an order of the Court. Any arguments or breaches of the peace shall be treated as contempt of Court.
(e) The non‑residential parent shall be responsible for transporting the children to and from visitation.
(f) The children shall be permitted to speak on the telephone at least twice per week with the nonresidential parent. The children shall‑be permitted to send and receive at least three letters or cards per week to or from the non‑residential parent.
(2) Standard Visitation Guideline.
Pursuant to R.C. 3109.051(F)(2), the following minimum amount of visitation between the non‑residential parent and the children shall be:
(a) Alternate weekends from Friday to Sunday for forty‑eight hour period commencing on the first weekend after this Order is issued. In the event the parties are unable to agree as to the starting and ending time of said period, the Court Orders that said visitations shall commence on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and shall conclude on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
(b) The non-residential parent shall have visitation one weeknight per week. If the parties are unable to agree, then this midweek visitation shall be every Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. (during the school years) or 9:00 p.m. (during school vacation periods). .
(c) The children and/or the residential parent have no duty to await the non‑residential visiting parent for more than thirty (30) minutes from the beginning of the visitation time. The non‑residential parents being late more than thirty (30) minutes shall operate as a forfeiture of that visitation period.
(d) For the purposes of visitation, there are eight (8) holidays as follows:
- New Year’s Eve
- Martin Luther Ring Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
In the odd numbered years, the mother shall have the children on the odd number holidays; the father shall have the children on the even numbered holidays. In the even number years, the father shall have the children on the odd numbered holidays; and the mother shall have the children on the even numbered holidays.
(e) Each year at Christmas time, the residential parent shall have the children on Christmas Day and the nonresidential parent shall have the children from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. In addition, at Christmas time, the non‑residential parent shall have the children for an additional six (6) days visitation. Said visitation shall take place during the children’s Christmas vacation from school, if applicable.
(f) On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, no matter whose turn it is for visitation, the children shall be with the respective parent for a period of at least eight (8) hours.
(g) The non‑residential parent shall have a six (6) week visitation each summer, to be arranged for as soon as vacation schedules are posted for both parties to have an opportunity to take the children on vacation.
The six (6) week visitation period shall be arranged to allow a period of two (2) consecutive weeks during the summer visitation for the residential parent to have the children. The residential parent shall be permitted a minimum of alternate weekend visitation the same as provided in Section 1 above during the six (6) week visitation, if practicable.
(h) The children shall celebrate their birthdays in the home of the residential parent; regardless of the nonresidential parent’s visitation.
2. Standard Visitation Guidelines for Long‑Distance Travel.
Pursuant to R.C. 3109.051(F)(2) the following is the minimum amount of visitation between the non‑residential parent and the children when the parents live over 150 miles one way apart from each other:
(a) Christmas: Christmas vacation, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, will be divided in half and alternated annually, by half, between the parents. Additionally, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day shall be alternated annually between the parents.
(b) Spring Break: School vacation (the Friday school is out to the day before school recommences, to be coincidental with the days of the school vacation and not to interfere with school) in odd numbered years or with the same alternation the Saturday before Easter to the Saturday after Easter for preschoolers with no school‑aged siblings.
(c) Alternative Holidays: For the purposes of visitation, there are eight holidays as follows:
- New Year’s Eve
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Fourth of July
- Labor Day
In the odd numbered years, the mother shall have the children on the odd numbered holidays and vacations; father shall have the children on the even numbered holidays and vacations. In the even numbered years the father shall have the children on the odd numbered holidays and vacations; and the mother shall have the children on the even numbered holidays and vacations.
(d) Summer vacation: One half of the school summer vacation. Summer school necessary for the children to pass to the next grade must be attended. The residential parent shall notify the non‑residential parent by March 15 of when the summer vacation begins and ends. The nonresidential parent must notify the residential parent as to his/her intentions by April 15.
(i) If the parties cannot agree which half of the summer they prefer, in the even numbered years, the first half of the summer shall be spent with the nonresidential parent, and in the odd numbered years, the second half.
(ii) A general itinerary shall be provided either parent if more than two (2) days will be spent away from either home when the children are in that parent’s care.
(e) Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of not more than two (2) weeks with the children. A general itinerary of the vacation shall be provided for the other parent,, including dates, locations, addresses and telephone numbers.
(f) Additional visitation: A once per month weekend visitation with the non‑residential parent will be permitted if the child’s traveling time does not exceed three hours one way. The residential parent must be notified at least one week in advance. Weekend visitation shall be as defined in Local R. 25 (F) (2) (a) and (c).
(g) Father’s Day and Mother’s Day shall always be spent with the appropriate parent.