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Lawrence County Ohio Standard Visitation Schedule

July 11, 2008

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:   Counties change their local visitation schedules.  The county you live in may have changed their rule(s) yesterday.  The county you live in may have different visitation schedules for Juvenile Court and Domestic Court. The rule may have been changed or updated since the last time this web page was updated.  In addition, if you already have a visitation schedule pursuant to local rule, and that schedule was attached to your parenting time orders, it is POSSIBLE that the court did not mean for YOUR visitation schedule to change if the local visitation schedule in your county changes. The local visitation schedules are put on this website as a courtesy and are updated as often as possible.  They are NOT legal advice and they are NOT meant to help you figure out if a decision you are about to make would be a violation of an existing court order.  If you want to make sure that you have the most current version of the local rule in your county, you can either look on your county Clerk of Court’s website, go to your local Clerk of Court’s office, or call your local Clerk of Court.

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If you know that the court in this county has implemented a new rule, PLEASE tell us by e-mailing us at info@cornwell-law.com and we will update our website.

The office of the Clerk of Court cannot give you legal advice.  This website, although prepared in part by attorneys, cannot and does not give you legal advice.  You can only get legal advice by talking to an attorney of your choice about the facts of your case, and the law as it applies to the facts of your case.

If you understand the information you have just read and would like to see the most recent local rule visitation schedule we have on our website, see the information below:

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Lawrence County Standard Visitation Guidelines


Visitation is recognized as an extremely important time for children to engage in activities and strengthen familial bonds with the parent with whom they do not live.  Liberal visitation arrangements beyond the minimum set forth herein are strongly encouraged as children face significant challenges in coping with their parents’ adult difficulties.

In order to provide a specific companionship schedule for those times when parents are unable to agree, the Court hereby adopts the following standard visitation guidelines.  This schedule may be modified upon motion by either party, upon showing that said modification is in the best interest of the children.

1.         Weekends:  The non-residential parent shall have visitation every other weekend from 6:00 p.m. Friday until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, unless the following Monday is a school day or pre-school day for the children.  On such occasions, visitation shall end at 6:00 p.m. Sunday.

2.         Weekdays:  The non-residential parent shall have visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on one weekday.  In the event the parties cannot agree, such visitation shall occur on Wednesday.

3.         Holidays:

a.) In even numbered years, the residential parent shall have the children on:

1. New Year’s vacation 6:00 p.m. on December 28 until 6:00 p.m. the day prior to school reconvening.
2. President’s Day 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday.
3. Memorial Day 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday
4. Labor Day 6:00 p.m. Friday to 6:00 p.m. Monday
5. Thanksgiving immediately after school the day school ends to 2:00 p.m. Thanksgiving day.

b.) In even numbered years, the non-residential parent shall have the children on:

1.Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—6:00 p.m. the last school day before the holiday to 6:00 p.m. the day prior to school reconvening.

2. Easter—6:00 p.m. the last school day before the holiday to 6:00 p.m. the day prior to school reconvening.

3. July 4th—6:00 p.m. on July 3 to 6:00 p.m. July 5 except when July 4 is a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday, in which case visitation shall commence Friday night and continue to 6:00 p.m. Sunday or 6:00 p.m. July 4 whichever is later.

c.). In odd numbered years, the above schedules shall be reversed.

d.) The non-residential parent shall have Christmas vacation from 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Day until 6:00 p.m. on December 28th each year.

e.) Holiday visitation shall have precedence over regular weekend visitation regardless of whether a parent will have the children two weekends in a row.  Should a holiday fall on a weekend wherein the other parent would have a regular scheduled visitation, the alternating schedule shall begin again the following week with the other parent getting visitation (i.e., a parent shall not be scheduled to have visitation for 3 consecutive weekends).

4. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day:  The mother shall have visitation from 6:00 p.m. the day preceding Mother’s Day to 6:00 p.m. Mother’s Day.  The Father shall have visitation from 6:00 p.m. the day preceding Father’s Day to 6:00 p.m. Father’s Day.  These days shall have precedence over all birthdays, other holidays, vacations, and regularly scheduled visitation.

5. Birthdays:

a). Parent’s—The parents shall have visitation with the children from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on that parent’s birthday.  Should that day fall on a holiday, the holiday schedule shall prevail, and the day may be made up immediately before or after said holiday.

b.) Children’s—All children shall visit with the non-residential parent during even numbered birthdate ages on each and every child’s birthday, and with the residential parent on the day immediately preceding said birthdays.  All children shall visit with the residential parent during odd numbered birthdate ages on each and every child’s birthday, and with the non-residential parent on the day immediately preceding said birthdays.  Should a child’s birthday fall on a holiday, the holiday schedule shall prevail, and the day may be made up immediately before or after said holiday.

6. Other Holidays:  Other holidays of significant personal or religious significance shall be brought before the court on motion of a party in the event of disagreement.

7. Summer Visitation:  During the summer weeks, the “Weekend” and “Weekday” visitation schedules set forth in Sections 1 and 2 above shall be suspended and replaced as follows:

a.)        The residential parent shall have physical possession of the children for the remainder of the week that concludes the school year, until 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

b.)        The non-residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 2:00 p.m. Sunday two weeks following:

c.)        The residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 2:00p.m. Sunday two weeks following.

d.)        The non-residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 2:00 p.m. Sunday one week following.

e.)        The residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 Sunday until 2:00 p.m. Sunday one week following.

f.)         The non-residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 2:00 p.m. Sunday two weeks following.

g.)        The residential parent shall have physical possession of the children from 2:00 p.m. Sunday until 2:00p.m. Sunday two weeks following.

h.)        At the conclusion of the period of time set forth in paragraph g, normal weekday and weekend visitation shall resume.  During the summer visitation, the parent with whom the children are not residing shall have reasonable telephone privileges.

8. Transportation:  Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, visitation shall occur as follows:

a.)       The non-residential parent shall arrange for a responsible individual to pick up the minor children from the residential parent at the commencement of the visitation period.

b.)       The residential parent shall arrange for a responsible individual to pick up the minor children from the non-residential parent at the conclusion of the visitation period.

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