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Ross County Ohio Local Rule Standard Parenting Time Visitation Companionship Shared Parenting Schedule

July 11, 2008

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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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Ross County – Amended Rule 21.10

Companionship Schedule


Companionship is a time for children to do things with the parent they do not live with. Activities you can do with them or skills you can teach them help the time be rewarding. Helping the children find friends in your neighborhood also helps make it like home for them.

Liberal companionship arrangements are encouraged,. as contact with both parents is important to the children. Specific ‘ items in the Journal Entry take precedence over this schedule. Changes or modifications can be made by the Court if need for such is shown. This schedule does not affect support payments.

COMPANIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHILDREN AND THE NON-RESIDENTIAL PARENT SHALL TAKE PLACE AT SUCH TIMES AND PLACES. A THE PARTIES MAY AGREE, BUT WILL NOT NORMALLY BE LESS THAN:

  1. 1. Weekends: Alternate weekends from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until  Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This alternating weekend schedule shall  continue unchanged, even if interrupted by holiday and  birthday, summer and/or vacation companionship.
  2. 2. Weekdays: (One or Two) weekday evenings per week from 6:00  P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
  3. 3. Extracurricular Activities: Regardless of where the  children pare living: their continued participation in  extracurricular activities, school related or otherwise,  shall continue uninterrupted. It shall be the  s responsibility . of the parent with whom   they are :are‑ residing‑ at  the time of the activity to provide the physical and  economic cost of transportation to these activities. The  residential parent shall provide the non‑residential parent  with notice of all extracurricular activities .school related  or otherwise, in which the children participate, schedules  of„ all, extracurricular activities (handwritten:‑ by ‑the  residential parent if no formal schedule is provided by the  activity) and the name of the activity leader (including  address and telephone number if reasonably available to the  residential parent).
  4. 4. Holidays and Birthdays: In odd‑numbered years, mother has  New Year’s Day, Spring Break, Memorial Day, Labor Day,  Christmas Eve and the first half of Christmas Break. In  odd‑numbered years, father has Martin Luther King’s Day,  Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and the  second half of Christmas Break. In the even‑numbered years,  the schedules are reversed.
    1. a. When in conflict, holiday companionship shall supersede and take precedence over the alternating weekend companionship. For any holiday falling on a Friday or Monday, if the weekend immediately preceding the Monday holiday or following the Friday holiday and the holiday companionship are spent with the same parent, there is no need for that parent to return the child to the other parent; rather if a holiday falls on a Friday, companionship commences Friday at 8:00 am to Sunday at 6:00 PM; if a holiday falls on Monday, companionship commences Friday at 6:00 pm to Monday at 8:00 pm.
    2. b. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and, . the parents’ birthdays only when they fall on a ‑Saturday or Sunday, to be spent with the appropriate parent. These‑are as agreed or 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. These do not have to be made up.
    3. Other days of special meaning, such as religious  holidays, etc., should be decided together, written into the Court Order and al  alternated as above These do not have to be made up.
    4. 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’s Day (9:00 a. m. to 7:00 p.m.);Spring Break (6:00 p.m. the Friday school is out to 7:00 p.m. the day before school recommences, to be coincidental 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 9:00 a.m. the next day, not to interfere with School);

      July 4th (9:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. the next day);

      Labor Day (9:00 a. m. to 9:00 a. m. the next day, not to interfere with school)

      Thanksgiving (9: 00 a.m. .  to 9,:00 a.m. the next day,)

      Christmas Eve (9:00 p.m.‑ December 23 to 9:00 p.m. December 24);

      Christmas Day (9:00 p.m. December 24 to 9:00 p.m. December 25);

      Christmas Break (first half commences at 8:00 a.m., the day Christmas Break begins, continuously, unless interrupted by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, through half ‘of the vacation break; which may be, at noon if the number of days in Christmas vacation are an odd number or 9:00 p.m. if the school vacation has an even number of days; second half commences at noon of the middle day of the break if the break has an odd number of days or 9:00 p.m. the last day of the first half of the break if the break has an even number of days to 9:00 a.m. New Year’s Day).

      Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are to be exercised independently from the Christmas Break companionship and shall be spent with the designated parent. To calculate the Christmas Break, the parties shall add all days of the Christmas Break, excluding the day the children are out of school and the day they return to school but including all weekdays and weekend days that fall during the break, the children are off school (again excluding Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) and divide the total in half. The Christmas Break companionship shall be consecutive days, except as interrupted by Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.

    5. 48 hour notice should 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 times.
    6. The children’s birthdays should be alternated per child, between the parents and on an annual basis. Hours for parents who cannot agree are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Brothers and sisters attend the birthday event. These do not have to be made up.
  5. Waiting: The children.. anal: residential parent have no duty      to await the visiting parent for more than 30 minutes of the  companionship time. A parent who is late forfeits  companionship for that period.
  6. Cancellation: The non‑residential parent should give 24hour notice to, cancel. The time canceled by the nonresidential parent is forfeited.
  7. Illness: If a child is ill, the residential parent should give 24‑hour notice, if possible, so appropriate plans can be made. However, if more than one day of any companionship, weekend:, holiday/birthday, or   vacation:, is . . : missed due to non-emergency and/or non-critical illness, then any missed companionship shall. be made. up, as. soon as practicable.
  8. Summer: The non-residential parent shall have companionship with the children ,for the last half of the summer each year. The summer school` vacation is defined as the entire summer school vacation, commencing the day after the .children 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 by two, and the non-residential parent shall have the last half of the summer as companionship with the children. During summer companionship, the residential parent receives weekday companionship as afforded the non‑residential parent ‘ the rest of the year. The alternating weekends continue during the non-residential parent’s summer companionship, without interruption.
  9. Vacation: Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of not more than two weeks with the children. The nonresidential parent shall schedule this during his/her one-half (1/2) summer companionship period, and the residential parent shall schedule this at a time other than the nonresidential parent’s one‑half (1/2) summer companionship. A general itinerary of the vacation shall be provided for the other parent, including dates, locations, addresses, and telephone numbers. Holiday and birthday celebrations with either parent shall not be missed, requiring scheduling of the vacation around these events or that the missed occasion be made up. Alternate weekends are missed during vacation, and are therefore not required to be made up.
  10. Upon either parent learning or determining, whichever first occurs, that he/she will be moving, he/she shall immediately, notify the other parent except’ in those circumstances wherein notice is not required by 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 move for the children. The parents shall attempt, in good faith, to renegotiate an, appropriate and beneficial new companionship schedule. But if they are unable to do so, the non-residential parent shall, at a minimum, enjoy the existing companionship schedule for distances under three hours or the long distance companionship for distances longer than three hours, including the sharing of physical and monetary costs of transportation and telephone expenses until a Court order modifying companionship is entered.
  11. Access to Records: Both parents shall have access to all  medical, dental, optometric, psychiatric and psychological.  records of ‘the minor children and :may consult with any treating physician, dentist or other health care provider to  the children. Both parents. shall execute any authorizations or releases necessary to release these records and documents, to the other. Both parents shall retain the authority to consent to any necessary emergency medical treatment for the children. Each parent shall notify each other of any health problems of the children. Both parents shall have access to the children’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. The parent receiving the grade card shall give a ‘copy to the other parent within 3 days of receipt. Both parents shall have access to babysitting, day care, nursery school and/or latch key records of the children. Both parents shall be entitled to communicate with all physical care providers for the children. Either parent 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 children. Both parents shall have the right to participate and attend all religious activities of the children.
  12. Telephone Access: The children must be allowed to communicate by telephone, one time per week, with both parents, regardless of with whom the child is currently, residing. Both parents shall permit no less than one half hour conversations. The party with whom the children are residing at the time of the call shall bear the expense unless the children are permitted to telephone the other parent collect. The children may call either parent, collect, with the agreement of the parent being called, at any and all reasonable times as he or she wishes.
  13. Make-up Companionship: Any make-up companionship `required. by this schedule shall occur the first weekend of the other parent immediately following the missed companionship and shall continue during the other parent’s weekends until made up in full, including partial weekends.
  14. Current Address and Telephone Number: Each‑parent must keep the other informed of his/her , current address and telephone number apt all times.
  15. Car Seat: For any and all children required bylaw to ride in a car seat, the parents shall transfer the car seat with the child as companionship exchanges occur.
  16. Clothing: The residential parent is responsible for providing sufficient appropriate clean clothing for every companionship period, based on the lifestyle of the residential parent and child. If the planned companionship activities require special or unusual clothing needs, the non-residential parent must notify the residential parent at least two (2) 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 returned immediately after the companionship period.  The non-residential parent is not required to return: the  clothing washed and cleaned, unless the residential parent  has companionship with the children for a period in excess  of four (4) days. Additionally, any. clothing purchased by the non-residential parent and .which the children are  wearing upon their return to the residential parent after companionship, shall be returned by the residential. parent  to the non-residential parent at the next companionship period. If the next companionship period is longer than seven (7) days, then the clothing returned to the non­ residential parent must be washed and cleaned.

Rule 21.11 – Companionship Schedule (For Long Distance Travel – Over 150 Miles One Way)


Companionship is a time for children to do things with the parent they do not live with. Activities you can do with them or skills you can teach them help the time be rewarding. Helping the children find friends in your neighborhood also helps make it like home for them.

Liberal companionship arrangements are encouraged, as contact with both parents is important to the children. Specific items in the Journal Entry take precedence over this schedule. Changes or modifications can be made by the Court if need for such, i s shown.

COMPANIONSHIP SHALL HE AT SUCH :TIMES. AID PLACES AS THE PARTIES MAY AGREE; HOWEVER, WHENEVER “REASONABLE COMPANIONSHIP FOR A NON‑RESIDENTIAL PARENT APPEARS IN AN ENTRY IS SHALL NOT NORMALLY BE LESS THAN:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 the Saturday before Easter to the Saturday after Easter for pre‑schoolers with no school‑aged siblings.
  3. Alternative Holiday Plan: Those who wish more frequent contact, and who develop a plan to pay for the transportation, can have half of Easter vacation, half the summer, alternate year Thanksgiving, and half of the Christmas vacation each year. The holidays themselves must be alternated as the parties agree, or Eater and Thanksgiving in the odd-numbered years and Christmas in the even-numbered years for the non;-residential, parent.
  4. Summer: One half of the school‑ summer vacation: Summer school necessary to the child(ren) to pass to the next grade must be attended. The residential parent shall notify the nonresidential parent by March 15 of when the summer vacation begins and ends. The non-residential parent must notify the residential parent as to their intentions by April 15.
    1. If the. parties cannot agree which half of   tie summer  they prefer, in the even-numbered years, the first half  of the summer shall be, spent at the.. non-residential  home, and in the odd-numbered years, the second half.
    2. The children must be allowed to communicate, by telephone, one time per week, with both parents, regardless of with whom the child is currently residing. Both parents shall permit no less than one half hour conversations. The calling party shall bear the expense. The children may call either parent, collect, at any and all reasonable times as he or she wishes.
    3. A general itinerary should be provided either parent if more than 2 days will be spent away from either home when the children are in that parent’s care.
  5. Vacations:Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of not more than two weeks with the children. A general itinerary of the vacation shall be provided for the other parent, including dates, locations, addresses and telephone numbers.
    1. Vacation is defined as a trip away from the parents’ home. It does not include a parents’ vacation time off from work. where that parent spends time; at; home.
    2. Summer school necessary‑ for the child to pass to. the next grade must be attended. .
  6. Additional Companionship:
    1. Weekend: A once‑a‑month, weekend visit to the nonresidential home 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.’
    2. Father’s Day and Mother’s Day can always be spent with  the appropriate parent. c. The non‑residential parent shall notify the residential  parent at least two days in advance of any time the  non‑residential parent will be in the area and wants a  companionship period. Absent extraordinary  circumstances, this companionship shall occur. d. The residential parent must notify the non‑residential parent ‘at least two‑days in advance when the ‑:  residential parent and child(ren) will be in the area of the non‑residential parent, and companionship must  be  al lowed.
  7. Transportation: Responsibility for transportation costs should be decided in advance and a plan written into‑an Order of the Court. ‘The costs of transportation, in the appropriate case, may be a basis for deviation from the child support schedule.
  8. Moving : Upon :.either parent learning or determining . whichever first  occurs -that he/she will be moving he/she shall immediately notify the other parent 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 move for the children. The parents shall attempt, in good faith, to renegotiate an appropriate and beneficial new companionship schedule. But if they are unable to do so, the non-residential parent shall, at a minimum, enjoy the existing companionship schedule for distances under three hours or the distance companionship for distances longer than three hours, including the sharing of physical and monetary costs of transportation and telephone expenses until a Court order modifying companionship is entered.
  9. Access to Records: The non‑residential parent shall have access to all medical, dental, optometric, psychiatric and  psychological records of the minor children and may consult with any treating physician, dentist or other health care  provider to the children. The residential parent shall execute any authorizations or releases necessary to release  these records and documents to the non‑residential parent.   Each parent shall notify each other of any health problems  of the children. The non-residential parent shall have the same access as the residential parent , to the children’ s  school records. The non-residential parent 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. The parent receiving   the grade card shall give a copy to the other parent within 3 days of receipt.
  10. Current Address and Telephone Number: Each parent must keep , the other informed of his/her current address and, telephone number at all times.
  11. Modification: This schedule can be changed or modified by the Court if need for such is shown.
  12. Car Seat: For any and all children required by law to ride in a car seat, the parents shall transfer the car seat with the child as companionship exchanges occur.
  13. Clothing: The residential parent is responsible for providing :sufficient appropriate clean  clothing  for every companionship period, based on the lifestyle of the residential parent and child. If the planned companionship activities require special or: unusual clothing needs. the non-residential parent must notify the residential parent at least two (2) 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 returned immediately after the companionship period. The` non-residential parent is not required too return the clothing washed and cleaned, unless the residential parent has companionship with the children for a period in excess of four (4) days. Additionally, any clothing purchased by the non-residential parent and which the children are wearing upon their return to the residential parent after companionship, shall be returned by the residential parent to the non-residential parent at the next companionship period. If the next companionship period is longer than seven (7) days, then the clothing returned to the nonresidential parent must be washed and cleaned.

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