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Lucas County Ohio Local Rule Standard Parenting Time Shared Parenting 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 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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September 1, 2002
Allocation Of Parental Rights And Responsibilities
Local Parenting Time Schedule
Court Of Common Pleas Of Lucas County, Ohio
Division Of Domestic Relations


If the Court order or decree indicates that the Court schedule is the order for parenting time, then the ORDER OF THE COURT IS THE FOLLOWING:

PARENTING TIME FOR THE NON‑RESIDENTIAL / CUSTODIAL PARENT SHALL TAKE PLACE AT SUCH TIMES AND PLACES AS THE PARTIES CAN AGREE (these are the most important words). This shall not normally be less than‑­

1. Weekends

Beginning on a specific date (__________), every other weekend from Friday night at 7 p.m. to Sunday night at 7 p.m.

2. Mid-week

In addition, the child(ren) shall spend a minimum of one week day as follows:

For a child not yet in mandatory education, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a child in grades Kindergarten ‑ 8th grade, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For a high school student, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If there is more than one child, the hour of return shall be the hour for the youngest child. If the parents cannot agree on a day, the day for the mid‑week parenting time is Wednesday. If a child is in a child care arrangement, the non‑residential parent may not pick‑up the child from the caretaker without the prior permission of the residential parent, preferably in writing.

3. Days of Special Meaning

  1. Mother’s Day shall always be spent with the mother; Father’s Day shall always be spent with the father, regardless of which parent is entitled to the weekend. If the parties cannot agree on times, the time is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The child(ren) shall spend the rest of the weekend with the parent who normally has that weekend.
  2. The child’s birthday shall always be spent with the mother in the even-numbered years, and shall always be spent with the father in the odd-numbered years. If the parties cannot agree, the time is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., for a child not in school on the birthday, and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for a child in school on his birthday. The other parent can celebrate on another date. The child’s birthday is to be spent with the designated parent, even if the other parent is entitled to weekend, mid-week, holiday or vacation with the child. Brothers and sisters attend the birthday event.
  3. Other days of special meaning, such as religious holidays, Martin Luther King Day, etc., should be discussed and written into the Court order.

4. Holidays

Parents may wish to change by agreement a holiday at least one week in advance in order to observe family or religious traditions. If not changed by agreement, holiday times are as follows:

Even‑numberedYears Odd‑NumberedYears As Agreed, OR
Easter Father Mother Sun., 10 am.- 7 pm.
Memorial Day Mother Father Sun., 7 pm. – Mon., 8 pm.
July 4th Father Mother 7‑4, 9 am. – 7‑5, 9 am.
Labor Day Mother Father Sun., 7 pm. – Mon., 8 pm.
Thanksgiving Father Mother Thur., 9 am. – Fri., 9 am.
Christmas Eve Mother Father 12-23, 9 pm. – 12-24, 10 pm.
Christmas Day Father Mother 12-24, 10 pm. – 12-25, 9 pm.
New Year’s Eve/Day Mother Father 12-31, 5 pm. – 1-1, 9 pm.
  1. Holidays will take priority over any other parenting time. A holiday that falls on a weekend shall be spent with the parent who is designated to have the child(ren) for that holiday. The rest of the weekend is to be spent with the parent who would normally have that weekend. This time does not have to be made up.

5. Breaks

Father will have spring school break in the even numbered years, and Mother will have spring school break in the odd numbered years.

Mother will have the Christmas school break until December 24 at 10:00 p.m. in the even numbered years. Father will have from December 24 at 10:00 p.m. until the end of the break. In the odd years, the time periods will reverse.

The break begins when the school schedule says it begins, and ends at 7:00 p .m. the night before school resumes. It is understood that not all the schools of children in the same family will necessarily have the same break.

6. Vacation

  1. Four weeks each year are to be arranged by the non‑residential parent with not less than sixty (60) days advance notice. The non‑residential parent’s choice of vacation has priority over the residential parent’s choice, unless the residential parent’s vacation is an annual mandatory shut‑down of the place of employment, or unless the residential parent is required by an employer to give more than sixty days notice of intent to take a vacation and the non‑residential parent has no similar requirement. The residential parent must give the other parent not less than sixty (60) days advance notice of vacations or special plans for the child to avoid planning conflicts. Parents who cannot resolve vacation scheduling conflicts may file a motion in the Court. Due to legal notice requirements, the hearing cannot be scheduled until three (3) weeks after filing.
  2. Summer school necessary for the child to pass to the next grade must be attended. Extended parenting time (vacation) may be scheduled by either parent during a mandatory summer school period, but the child must attend all classes.
  3. Each parent must provide the other parent with destination, times of arrival and departure, and method of travel if the vacation will be outside the parent’s community.
  4. Vacation must be exercised in minimum periods of one week, and the non‑residential parent has the right to determine whether to exercise vacation in periods of two, three or four weeks.
  5. Alternate weekends which normally would be spent with the residential parent, which fall during the non‑residential parent’s vacation must be given to the residential parent, or made up at another time. Alternate weekends which normally would be spent with the nonresidential parent and that fall during the residential parent’s vacation must be given to the non‑residential parent or made up at another time.

7. Parenting Time Presumptions

  1. Basis for Schedule
    This parenting plan presumes that the father and the mother are good parents and that a child is safe with either parent, based on the evidence before the Court; that the father and the mother respect the right of their child(ren) to have two parents throughout the child(ren)’s life for nurturing, continuity, normal development, and emotional and economic support; and the father and mother each respects the right of the other to parent their child(ren).
  2. Keeping the Children Together
    This schedule presumes that if the parents have more than one child, the parenting time will be exercised with all children together.
  3. Child’s Response to Parenting Time
    Children of divorce grow up to be as normal and healthy as children whose parents are not divorced if the parents communicate well, if both parents continue a regular contact with their child(ren), and avoid the use of anger in front of the child(ren) when dealing with the other parent.It is normal when parents first separate that a child may have a strong emotional reaction at exchange times saying good‑bye to one parent. Parents need to know that the emotional response is quite natural, and that each parent needs to calmly reassure the child that he or she will see the other parent soon. Parents should understand that this response by the child does not mean that the child does not love the other parent, or wishes not to spend time with the other parent. The length of the adjustment will vary.

    If a child indicates strong opposition to being with the other parent, it is the responsibility of each parent to appropriately deal with the situation, by calmly talking to the child as to the child’s reasons, to work with the other parent to do what is in the child’s best interests, and particularly to avoid confrontation or unpleasant scenes. If the matter is not settled, either parent should seek the immediate assistance of a mental health professional, Court counselor or file a motion. As uncomfortable as this issue may be for a parent, this issue should not o unresolved. Example s of time for concern are a decline of a child’s grades, serious or chronic school problems, dramatic changes in behavior and delinquency to name a few. IT I H ABSOLUTE AFFIRMATIVE DUTY OF THE RESIDENTIAL PARENT TO MAKE CERTAIN HAT HIS OR HER CHILD GOES OR THE PARENTING TIME.

  4. Exercise of Parenting Time
    This schedule presumes that the non‑residential / custodial parent shall be there for all the parenting times and days for Weekends, Mid-weeks, Days of Special Meaning, and Holidays, and that no advance notice to the residential parent Is necessary (except vacation, unless the parties agree otherwise). The residential parent shall have the child(ren) ready.
  5. Cancellation of Parenting Time by Non‑residential / Custodial Parent
    The non-residential parent must give notice of intent NOT to have parenting time, as soon as he or she is aware that it is not possible. A parent who does not exercise parenting time forfeits the time. Since the schedule presumes ordinary parenting times will be spent with the child(ren), non‑canceled time where the parent fails to appear upsets the children) considerably, as well as the residential parent. A parent who continually fails to keep his or her commitment to parenting time may have rights modified, and may be subject to other legal remedies as well, upon motion by the residential parent.
  6. Returning the Child(ren) After Parenting Time
    This schedule presumes that the non‑residential parent will not return the child(ren) before the end of the parenting time stated (not early, not late, not on a different day), unless the parents agree in advance, and that the residential parent or other responsible caretaker well-known to the child(ren) will be present when the children) is returned.
  7. Transportation
    The non-residential parent has responsibility for picking up and returning the child(ren). The non-residential parent, if unavailable for the pick-up or delivery of the child(ren) by car, must use an adult driver well-known to the child(ren) for this purpose. All child restraint laws must be complied with by any person driving with the child(ren). No person transporting the child(ren) may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Only licensed drivers may transport the child(ren).
  8. Clothing
    The residential parents responsible for providing sufficient appropriate clean clothing, based on the lifestyle of the residential parent and child. If the planned activities during parenting time require special or unusual clothing needs, the non‑residential parent must notify the residential parent at least two days in advance. If the child does not have the type of clothing requested, the residential parent is under no obligation to comply with the request. All clothing sent by the residential parent MUST be returned immediately after the parenting time.
  9. Schoolwork
    A parent must provide time for any child to study, complete homework assignments, papers, or other school assigned projects, even if the completion of this work interferes with the parent’s plans with the children. If schoolwork is assigned by the school prior to the parenting time, the residential parent must inform the other parent of the work to be done, and it must be completed.
  10. Address and Telephone Numbers
    Each parent must, unless the Court orders otherwise, keep the other informed of his or her current address and telephone number, and an alternate telephone number in the event of an emergency. The residential parent must notify the Court of their intent to relocate.
  11. Traditions and Family
    This schedule is in no way meant to interfere with family traditions. Each parent is encouraged to respect each other’s family traditions and to adjust the parenting time schedule accordingly. Each parent should expect new traditions will develop.It is expected that the child(ren) will continue contact with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and any other family members during such times as they are with their parents.
  12. Children’s Activities
    Scheduled parenting time periods shall not be delayed or denied because a child has other scheduled activities (with friends, work, lessons, sports, etc.). It is the responsibility of the parents to discuss activities important to the child in advance, including time, dates, and transportation needs, so that the child is not deprived of activities and maintaining their friends. If the activities are regularly scheduled, they should be agreed upon in advance and written into the judgment entry or decree. Both parents are encouraged to attend all their child’s activities. Each parent is entitled by law to equal access to the student activities of their child, unless limited by Court order.
  13. Illness or Injury of a Child
    If a child becomes ill or injured, warranting the giving of medication or consultation with a doctor or dentist, each parent must notify the other parent as soon as possible. If the child becomes ill while with the residential parent prior to a scheduled parenting time, the parent must contact the other parent and discuss the advisability of whether the parenting time should take place with the best interests of the child as the primary consideration. Parents should consider the nature of the illness (whether it may be contagious, or the child is physically uncomfortable, etc.), the care necessary, the ability to provide the care, exposure of the illness to others, activities planned, and any other important issue.If the parents agree that the child should go, then the residential parent MUST provide written instructions and sufficient medication to last during the parenting time. The non‑residential parent must care for the child as directed, notifying the other parent if the child’s condition worsens, or does not improve as might reasonably be expected.

    If the parents cannot agree that the child should go for the parenting time, then the non‑residential parent has the right to visit the child for not more than one hour at the time scheduled for the parenting. time to begin. (This does not apply if the Order of any Court or consent agreement prohibits the non‑residential parent from being at the home.) If another child is also scheduled to have parenting time, then the regular schedule must go on with that child. If the parenting time is canceled due to the child’s illness or injury, then the time must be made up within sixty (60) days to the non‑residential parent, at a time of his or her choice.

    If the child becomes ill or injured during parenting time, the non‑residential parent must secure appropriate emergency treatment.

    No schedule can adequately spell out what should be common sense when dealing with an ill or injured child.

    Any allergy or chronic condition suffered by a child must be communicated in writing from the residential to the non­residential parent, including medication or treatment recommended for the illness or condition.

    If a child often misses parenting time due to illness or injury, then a non-residential parent may require the child to be examined by the child’s usual physician. The examination shall be at the expense of the non‑residential parent. The examination of the child may be in presence of the non‑residential parent, subject to the discretion of the treating physician. If the residential parent refuses to schedule a medical appointment as requested, the non‑residential parent may file a motion.

  14. Communication between Parents
    IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS, NOT THE CHILDREN, TO MAKE ALL PARENTING TIME ARRANGEMENTS. Neither parent should communicate with a child about the schedule , or future events or activities which conflict with the other parent’s allotted times. It is not the responsibility of a child to mediate or become involved in parental differences overtimes, dates or activities. If parents have temporary difficulty communicating about either parenting time or the needs of their child(ren), parents should not enlist the child to resolve the parents inability to talk to each other.When Parents Do Not Communicate With Each Other

    Parents temporarily may use other adults to make arrangements for parenting time. But the best solution is to seek professional help to learn or improve their ability to work together for their child(ren)’s best interests. Failing to get the cooperation of the other parent to enter counseling, a parent should call the Court Counselor or file a motion with the Court to order counseling to resolve this very serious problem before the damage to the child becomes irreversible.
  15. Discipline and Changes in Child’s Behavior
    It is presumed that parents use methods of discipline consistent with the law, and consistent with each other as much as possible, and will communicate with each other if a child is becoming a discipline problem.Parents need to discuss behavior problems and solutions with each other as the need arises. Parents who have major disagreement over appropriate discipline or solutions to their child’s problems and cannot resolve their disagreement should seek the assistance of a Court counselor or mental health professional. Examples of times for concern are decline of a child’s grades, serious or chronic problems with the school, dramatic changes in behavior, or delinquency, to name a few.
  16. Step-parent name.
    A parent should not, nor permit any other person to, suggest, encourage or require a child to refer to any person other than the child’s parents as “mom” or “dad”, etc.
  17. Child’s Records
    1. Name
      The residential parent is responsible for taking all necessary action for all record keeping purposes to use the birth or adopted name only.
    2. School Records
      The residential parent is responsible to personally provide copies of every grade card or notice regarding the child within five (5) days of receipt, and may not use the child to deliver the grade cards or notices. The residential parent must list the non‑residential parent as a parent of the child, and must authorize the school to release to the non‑residential parent any and all information concerning the child. The residential parent must personally inform the other parent of school or special activities, such as parent‑teacher conferences, school programs, athletic events, honors program, special ceremonies, school pictures, and graduation events, and any other school activity in which the child is involved as soon as (s)he receives the notice.Both parents are entitled bylaw to equal access to their children’s records, unless limited by Court order.

      The non-residential parent shall have access to the children’s day‑care center, unless limited by the Court.

    3. Medical records/consultation
      The residential parent shall, upon request by the non‑residential parent immediately comply with whatever action is required, including the signing of a full release, to provide access to any medical, dental, hospital, surgical, optometric, or mental health records of the minor child. Both parents are entitled to equal access to their children’s records, unless limited by Court order.
  18. Communication Between Parent and Child
    Each parent has the right to talk over the telephone with the children as often as the parents agree. If the parents do not agree, then the non‑residential parent should have telephone privileges twice per week. In addition, a parent may call a child once during a scheduled or agreed parenting time that is missed. Also, the residential parent has the right to call a child when on vacation with the other parent as the parties can agree; if no agreement, then the residential parent has telephone privileges twice per week if the vacation period takes place at the other parent’s home. Phone calls should be during the normal hours a child is awake; and if the child is unavailable for conversation, each parent shall take the responsibility of seeing that the child timely returns the call. A child is permitted to call a parent.
  19. Non-compliance with Court Order
    Any of the responsibilities or rights outlined in this schedule may be enforced by the Court after the filing of the appropriate motion by either party. A parent may not withhold the rights of parenting time because the other parent does not obey a Court order, for instance, to pay support, or medical bills, etc.Penalties for the Parent Who Willfully Fails to Comply With This Schedule

    A parent who willfully fails to comply with this schedule may be found guilty of contempt of Court, the penalty for which is a fine not to exceed $250.00, and a jail sentence not to exceed ten days for each separate act of contempt. The Court may also assess attorney fees and Court costs, order the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem (attorney) for the minor child, and payment of the Guardian ad Litem’s fee. The Court may order the reimbursement of transportation costs, and make‑up parenting time, in addition to any other remedy available at law.

  20. Moving
    Either parent must notify the other at least thirty (30) days in advance of their intent to change their residence, and provide a new address and telephone number within ten (10) days of establishing a new residence. If the parents are less than 150 miles apart after the move, the local parenting time schedule applies. If the parents are more than 150 miles apart after the move, the long distance parenting time schedule applies. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services must also be notified pursuant to the Court’s Additional Order and Notice to Parties.
  21. Promptness
    This schedule presumes that each parent will be prompt for pick‑up and return of the child(ren), that the residential parent will ready the child(ren) emotionally and physically for the parenting time. The residential parent has no duty to wait for the non‑residential parent to pick up the child(ren) longer than thirty (30) minutes, unless the non-residential parent notifies the residential parent that (s)he will be late, and the residential parent agrees to remain available after the thirty minute waiting period. A parent who is more than thirty (30) minutes late loses the parenting time. A parent who has a pattern of lateness is subject to penalties under the law.
  22. Employment of Parents
    This schedule presumes that the parents are available for full weekends and midweek parenting time. If the nonresidential parent is regularly employed every weekend and chooses not to exercise parenting time on the weekend, the parents should agree in advance about the day and time for parenting time. If the parties cannot agree, either may wish to consult with the Court counselor or file a motion.
  23. Newborn child(ren)
    This schedule might not apply to a newborn or very young child whose sense of time differs from an older child or adult. A newborn needs more frequent contact with a parent not living in the same household than this schedule specifies. Parents need to exercise more flexibility in scheduling times for a newborn and very young child, and may need to consult with the child’s physician and/or Court counselor in the event they do not agree.
  24. Teenagers
    A regular routine of parenting time may become more difficult as a child ages, has more activities outside of the family unit, obtains a driver’s license, dates, works, and spends time with friends, as the parents allow a young adult more freedom of choice generally. The parents need to respect their teenager opting to spend time more with friends or in organized activities, and less time with each parent, especially weekends and summer holidays. Maximum flexibility in scheduling is absolutely necessary for a child of this age. Within limits, it is advisable to consider the teenager’s wishes, as long as the parents agree. If the parents are unable to resolve scheduling conflicts, they may wish to consult with a Court counselor or file a motion.
  25. Modifying this Order
    The Court reserves the right to modify this schedule after a motion by either party.
JUDGE DAVID LEWANDOWSKI JUDGE NORMAN G. ZEMMELMAN

DEFINITIONS

“Parenting Time” – a legal term meaning the time set aside for the non-residential parent to parent his or her child(ren) without any legal restriction except as to time. Court‑imposed.

“Visitation” – Restrictions are always written specifically into the Court order.

“Supervised Parenting Time” – a legal term meaning the time set aside for the non‑residential parent to parent his or her children) with legal restrictions as to time, place, and neutral party who is always present with the child during the parenting time. It is always written into the order.

“Curb-side Exchange” – a legal term always written into the Court order if the Court orders it. The nonresidential parent is prohibited from entering upon the property of the residential parent to exchange the child(ren), the residential parent must remain inside the home, and there must be no communication during the exchange of the parents’ child(ren). The process of curb-side exchange means the non-residential parent (at the specified parenting time) parks in front of the residential parent’s residence, honks the horn to notify the residential parent to send the child(ren) to the non‑residential parent’s car. The residential parent shall immediately send the child(ren) to the car, making certain the driver is well-known to the children) (if the driver is not the other parent) and watch the child(ren) enter the car and leave. Upon return after the parenting time, the non-residential parent, parks in front of the residential parent’s home, honks the horn to signal that the child(ren) are returning, and watches the child(ren) return to the residence.


March, 2001

Allocation Of Parental Rights And Responsibilities
Long Distance Parenting Schedule
Court Of Common Pleas Of Lucas County, Ohio
Division Of Domestic Relations
(for parents who live more than 150 miles apart)


If your Court order specifies the Long Distance Schedule as the order of the Court, then the ORDER OF THE COURT IS AS FOLLOWS:

PARENTING TIME FOR THE NON‑RESIDENTIAL /CUSTODIAL PARENT SHALL TAKE PLACE AT SUCH TIMES AND PLACES AS THE PARENTS CAN AGREE (these are the most important words). This shall not normally be less than:

Option 1: (Unless the parties agree to Option 2 or the Court orders Option 2, then Option 1 is the Order of the Court).

(a) Summer vacation shall be from June 15 to August 15 of each calendar year. These dates cannot be changed except by agreement of both parents or Court order.

Even-Numbered Years Odd-Numbered Years
Christmas Vacation:a. School-aged child*: first day of  vacation to Dec. 26.

b. Pre-schoolers”:Dec. 18 through Dec. 26

Spring Vacation Break

a. School-aged Child*: Sixth day of  vacation through last day;

b. Pre-schoolers”: Monday after Easter Sunday through the following Sunday

Thanksgiving:Wed., after school, Thanksgiving Day, Fri., Sat., and Sunday.

Christmas Vacation:

a. School-aged child *: Dec. 26 to  : last day of vacation

b. Pre-schoolers”: Dec. 26 through Jan 2.

Spring Vacation Break

a. School-aged child*: First full day of  vacation through fifth day

b. Pre-schoolers”: Sunday before Easter  Sunday through Easter Sunday;

Option 2 : (The parties must agree to this Option, or the Court must specifically order this option, or Option 1 is the order of the Court).

(a) Summer vacation shall be from June 15, to August 15, of each year. These dates cannot be changed except by agreement of the parents, or a Court order.

Even-Numbered Years Odd-Numbered Years
Christmas Vacation Spring Vacation Break
a. School-aged children*: first to last day of vacation a. School-aged children*: First to  last day of vacation
b. Pre-schoolers”: December 18 through January 2 b. Pre-schoolers”: Sunday before
Easter through Easter

* – All school-aged and preschool-aged brothers and sisters of this parent’s relationship with each other are included in the exercise of parenting time, unless ordered otherwise.

** – For pre-schoolers who have no school‑aged brothers and sisters of this parent’s relationship with each other.

3. Additional parenting times

  1. Weekend: A once‑a‑month weekend beginning the third Friday of each month, unless agreed otherwise, if the traveling time for the child does not exceed three (3) hours one‑way from home to home. The residential parent must have at least one week advance notice.  The times are 7 p.m. on Friday, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, unless the parents agree to different times.
  2. Father’s or Mother’s Day will always be spent with the appropriate parent, if the parent chooses to spend the day with the child(ren). One week’s advance notice to the residential parent is necessary.
  3. The non-residential parent who visits the community where the residential parent lives is entitled to parenting time with the child(ren) if the non‑residential parent provides two (2) days advance notice to the residential parent. The parenting time may be outside the presence of the residential parent. Frequent and regular visits are highly recommended for pre‑school aged children.
  4. The residential parent who visits the community where the non‑residential parent lives and brings their child(ren) must give at least two (2) days advance notice to the other parent, and must provide parenting time between the other parent and their child(ren) outside the presence of the residential parent.
  5. Such other times as agreed upon as follows:

4. Long Distance Parenting (Companionship) Presumptions

  1. Basis for Schedule –
    This parenting plan presumes that the father and the mother are good parents and that a child is safe with either parent, based on the evidence before the Court; that the father and the mother respect the right of their child(ren) to have two parents throughout the child(ren)’s life for nurturing, continuity, normal development, and emotional and economical support; and the father and mother each respects the right of the other to parent their child(ren).
  2. Keening the Children Together­
    This schedule presumes that if the parents have more than one child, the parenting time will be exercised with all children together.
  3. Child’s Response to Long Distance Parenting Time
    Children whose parents live at a considerable distance from each other grow up to be as normal and healthy as children whose parents live together if the parents communicate well, and if both parents continue regular contact with their child(ren), avoid anger in front of the child(ren) when dealing with or talking about the other parent.It is normal for a child to have a strong emotional reaction to leaving his or her residential parent, and an equally strong reaction when leaving the non‑residential parent. Parents need to know that their child’s emotional response is natural and that it does not mean that the child does not love the other parent, or wishes not to be returned to that parent. Parents need to calmly reassure the child that he or she will see the other parent again. A healthy child should adjust to the situation.

    Some parents are naturally concerned about a very young child being separated from the residential parent for extended periods of time set by this schedule. So long as the nonresidential parent has an established relationship with the child, the general rule is that the child should spend time with that parent and will adjust to new surroundings with the assistance of his or her parents. The non‑residential parent may obtain from the office of the Court counselor special information on the unique needs of very small children during lengthy companionship periods.

    If a child indicates strong opposition to being with the other parent, it is the responsibility of both parents to calmly talk to the child as to the child’s reasons, and to work together to do what is in the child’s best interest, particularly avoiding confrontation or unpleasant scenes. If the matter is not settled quickly, either parent should seek the immediate assistance of a mental health professional or Court Counselor, or file a motion with the Court. No parent should allow a child to decide when or whether parenting time will take place. As uncomfortable as this problem may before either parent, this issue should not go unresolved.
    IT IS THE ABSOLUTE AFFIRMATIVE DUTY OF THE RESIDENTIAL PARENT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT H IS OR HER CHILD(REN) GO FOR ALL PARENTING TIME AND THE RESIDENTIAL PARENT DISCUSSES WITH THE CHILD IN ADVANCE OF THE PARENTING TIME. THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS OR HER CONTINUING RELATIONSHIP W T THE OTHER PAR NT .

  4. Non-Residential / Custodial Parent Responsibility
    This schedule presumes that the non‑residential parent shall exercise all times and days listed in Option 1 or Option 2, whichever the parties choose or the Court orders, so long as proper notice is given. The residential parent shall not schedule any plans for their child which interferes with the non-residential parent’s time nor deny the rights set forth in this schedule to the other parent.Notice of Intent to Have Parenting Time – Notice of intent to have the child(ren) must be provided in writing by the non‑residential parent not less than thirty (30) days in advance of the first day of the Parenting time unless the schedule sets a ent notice limit. It would be wise for the non‑residential parent to telephone the residential parent to make certain that the notice was received within one (1) week of sending the notice.
  5. Cancellation by Non-residential Parent­
    The non-residential parent must give notice of intent NOT to have parenting time, as soon as he or she is aware that parenting time is not possible, unless a last minute emergency occurs. A parent who cancels parenting time forfeits the time.
  6. Returning the child(ren) -
    This schedule presumes that the non‑residential parent will not return the child(ren) before the end of the scheduled time, unless the parents agree in advance; and that the residential parent or other responsible adult well‑known to the child(ren) will be present where the child(ren) is returned.
  7. Transportation -
    The non-residential parent has responsibility for picking up and returning the child(ren).Travel by methods other than car require the residential parent to transport the child timely to the transportation terminal for departure and for picking up.
    Transportation by Car: Any responsible adult with a valid driver’s license well-known to the children) may be utilized by the non‑residential parent to provide transportation. All child restraint laws must be complied with by any person driving the child(ren). No person transporting the child may be a user of illegal drugs, or under the influence of alcohol.
    Transportation by Airplane: Airline regulations govern the age at which a child may fly unescorted. An older child may fly under such regulations as each airline may establish. Airline reservations should be made well in advance, and preferably non‑stop. The parent who is taking the child to the airport must call the other parent immediately upon departure to notify the other parent that the child is arriving, and the parent who meets the child must immediately notify the other parent that the child has arrived. Parents should consider in making the decision on this method of transportation whether or not the child may need an adult to chaperon the flight:
    Other Methods of Transportation: The parent should carefully consider in using any other method of transportation, the age of the child, the safety of the child traveling alone, and the child’s experience in traveling alone, or whether an adult well‑known to the children) should be traveling with the child(ren. No method of transportation should be considered which puts the child at risk.
    Costs of Transportation: There is no general rule about who pays the costs of transportation, regardless o which parent no longer lives in the community where the child makes his or her primary residence. Each case is different. The parents need to agree on payment of transportation expense before the first time the child needs to be transported and make their agreement part of their Court order.
  8. Clothing
    The residential parent’s responsible for providing sufficient appropriate clean clothing for the companionship period including good and play clothes, based on the lifestyle of the residential parent and child. If planned activities require special or unusual clothing needs, the non‑residential parent must notify the residential parent at least two days in advance of the companionship period. If the child does not have the type of clothing requested, the residential parent is under no obligation to comply with the request. All clothing sent by the residential parent must be immediately returned at the end of the parenting time.
  9. Summer School ­
    Summer school which is necessary for a child to pass to the next grade must be attended at the location of the non‑residential home after receipt of written notice from the residential parent. The non‑residential parent must make arrangements with both schools and be certain that documentation of completion is received by the child’s school in the residential parent’s community.
  10. Address and Telephone Numbers ­
    Each parent must, unless the Court orders otherwise, keep the other informed of his or current address and telephone number, and an alternate telephone number in the event of an emergency. The residential parent must notify the Court of their intent to relocate.
  11. Traditions and Family –
    This schedule is in no way meant to interfere with family traditions. Each parent is encouraged to respect each other’s family traditions and to adjust the parenting time schedule accordingly. Each parent should expect new family traditions will develop.It is expected that the child(ren) will continue contact with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and any other family members during such times as they are with parents.
  12. Children’s Activities ­
    Scheduled parenting time must not be delayed because a child wishes to schedule other activities with friends, work, lessons, sports, which conflict with the non‑residential parent’s scheduled time with the child(ren). No residential parent shall schedule or allow a child to schedule any event which conflicts with the times and dates herein, unless the parties agree otherwise. This schedule anticipates that the child will develop new friends and relationships, and have additional activities in a different community which are presumed to be beneficial to the child.
  13. Child’s Health -
    As a general rule, if a child is hospitalized, or has a serious injury or illness, each parent is entitled to be notified. If the child is ill or injured while with the non-residential parent, the parent shall secure appropriate emergency treatment. The residential parent shall be notified. Regularly prescribed medications should be sent (i.e. asthma or allergy medicine). Any health care regime recommended by the child’s doctor in case of certain symptoms should be copied and sent in advance of the parenting time.
  14. Communication between Parents ­
    IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS, NOT THE CHILDREN, TO MAKE ALL PARENTING TIME ARRANGEMENTS. Neither parent should communicate with a child about future events or activities which conflict with the other parent’s allotted times. It is not the responsibility of a child to mediate or become involved in parental differences over times, dates, or activities. If parents have temporary difficulty communicating about either parenting time or the needs of their child(ren), parents should not enlist the child to resolve the parents’ inability to talk to each other.
    When Parents Do Not Communicate With Each Other: Parents temporarily may use other adults to make arrangements for parenting time. But the best solution is to seek professional help to learn or improve their ability to work together for their child(ren)’s best interests. Failing to get the cooperation of the other parent to enter counseling, a parent should call the Court Counselor or file a motion with the Court to order counseling to resolve this very serious problem before the damage to the child becomes irreversible.
  15. Discipline and Changes in Child’s Behavior -
    It is presumed that parents use methods of discipline consistent with the law, consistent with each other as much as possible, and that each will communicate with the other parent if the child is having a discipline problem. Parents need to discuss behavior problems and solutions with each other as the need arises. Parents who have major disagreements over appropriate discipline or solutions should seek the assistance of the Court counselor or mental health professional. Examples of time for concern are a decline of a child’s grades, serious or chronic school problems, dramatic changes in behavior, and delinquency, to name a few.
  16. Step-parent Name ­
    A parent should not, nor permit any other person to, suggest, encourage, or require a child to refer to any person other than the child’s parents as “mom” or “dad”, etc.
  17. Child’s Records ­
    1. Name - The residential parent is responsible for taking all necessary action for all record keeping purposes to use the birth or adopted name only.
    2. School Records -The residential parent is responsible to personally provide copies of every grade card or notice regarding the child within five (5) days of receipt, and may not use the child to deliver the grade cards or notices. The residential parent must list the non‑residential parent as a parent of the child, and must authorize the school to release to the non‑residential parent any and all information concerning the child. The residential parent must personally inform the other parent of school or special activities, such as parent‑teacher conferences, school programs, athletic events, honors program, special ceremonies, school pictures, and graduation events, and any other school activity in which the child is involved as soon as (s)he receives the notice.Both parents are entitled by law to equal access to their children’s records, unless limited by Court order.The non-residential parent shall have access to the children’s day‑care center, unless limited by the Court.
    3. Medical records/consultation: The residential parent shall, upon request by the non-residential parent immediately comply with whatever action is required, including the signing of a full release, to provide access to any medical, dental, hospital, surgical, optometric, or mental health records of the minor child. Both parents are entitled to equal access to their children’s records, unless limited by Court order.
  18. Communication between Parent and Child ­
    This schedule presumes that in place of frequent and regular physical contact which would be available if the parents lived nearer to the other, that frequent and liberal communication between the non‑residential parent and his or her child(ren) is vital. Unless the parties agree or the Court orders otherwise, there shall be no limit on the number and length of telephone calls from either parent to his or her child (but the Court retains the right to limit phone calls if it finds that it is not in the best interests of the child for the other parent to have unlimited privileges, if the calls are disruptive to the child, for the purpose of interrogating the child concerning the other parent, or the calls are for harassing the other parent). If it is the practice of the residential parent to use a telephone answering device, the parents should agree in advance when the other parent will call ate designated time, so that the call may be completed. Each parent must always provide a home telephone number to the other parent where the child may be reached.Each parent must provide all letters, audio tapes, video tapes, gifts, cards, and any written communication from the other parent to the child as soon as it is received, and must provide a home address to the other parent at all times.

    Each parent must also allow all communications requested by the child in his or her home to other parent (excluding telephone calls for which the parent would be charged).

    The child must be allowed privacy by each parent for the purpose of communicating with the other.

  19. Non-compliance with Court Order -
    Any of the responsibilities or rights outlined in this schedule may be enforced by the Court after the filing of the appropriate motion by either party. A parent may not withhold parenting time because the other parent does not obey a Court order, for instance, to pay support, or medical bills, etc.Penalties for the Parent Who Willfully Fails to Comply With This Schedule:

    A parent who willfully fails to comply with this schedule may be found guilty of contempt of Court, the penalty for which is a fine not to exceed $250.00, and a jail sentence not to exceed ten days for each separate act of contempt. The Court may also assess attorney fees and Court costs, order the appointment of a guardian ad litem (attorney) for the minor child, and payment of the guardian ad litem’s fee. The Court may order the reimbursement of transportation costs, and make‑up parenting time, in addition to any other remedy available at law.
  20. Moving
    Either parent must notify the other in writing at least thirty (30) days in advance of their intent to change their residence, and provide a new address and telephone number within ten (10) days of establishing a new residence. If the parents are less than 150 miles apart after the move, the local schedule applies. If the parents are more than 150 miles apart after the move, the long distance schedule applies. The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services must also be notified pursuant to the Court’s Additional Order and Notice to Parties.
  21. Modifying this Order -
    The Court reserves the right to modify this parenting time after a motion by either party.

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