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Summit County Ohio Local Rule Parenting Time and Visitation Schedule

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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:


Summit County Parenting Time Schedule ORC §3109.051 And Local Rule 25 Adopted 5 -1- 91, Amended 02-07-97, 03-31-2001

Domestic Relations Division Judge Carol J. Dezso
Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Quinn

The best parenting time schedule is your own plan. However, if you cannot agree, this Court designed this schedule to insure that your child(ren) will have frequent and consistent contact with the non‑residential parent. If there are objections to this schedule because of special circumstances (for example: travel time, work schedules), or problems (for example: substance abuse, mental illness, violence), you may present specific facts in a scheduled hearing stating why this parenting time is not in the best interest of your child.

PLEASE NOTE: Summer vacations shall take precedence over the holiday schedule and the holiday schedule shall take precedence over the normal weekly schedule. When parenting times are in conflict due to the ages of the children, the schedule of the oldest child under age 14 shall apply for all children.


1. For Children from Birth to 18 Months

Three weekly times for 2-6 hours, on the days and times the parties can agree. If the parties cannot agree, then the days shall be every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

2. For a Child 18 Months to Three Years

One or two weekly times for 2‑6 hours, plus one overnight, on the days and times the parties can agree. If the parties cannot agree, then the days shall be every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and overnight from Friday at 5:30 p.m. until Saturday at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

3. For Children From Age Three Through Age 13

Every other weekend from Friday after school (as soon as non‑residential parent can pick up the child) until Sunday at 7:00 p.m., plus one evening a week, as the parties may agree. If the parties cannot agree, the midweek will be Wednesday from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. and alternating weekends from 5:30 p.m. Friday until Sunday at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise ordered by the Court.

4. For A Child Age 14 and Older

Parenting time is expected to take place weekly, with the days and times to be agreed upon between the child and the nonresidential parent.


1. For any child under age 18 months, vacation shall be taken in no longer than one‑week segments. For older children, vacation may be taken in one, two, three, or four week periods.

2. During vacation periods extending more than two weeks, the residential parent shall have the same mid week parenting as the non‑residential parent, if the child(ren) is/are in the vicinity.

3. Each parent must provide the other parent with his/her vacation destination and telephone number, where he/she can be reached, times of arrival and departure, and method of travel.

4. Non residential parent’s schedule shall have priority over residential parent’s unless residential parent’s vacation time is mandated by provisions of his/her employment (such as annual plant shut down). The parties shall give written notice of the vacation schedule at least 60 days in advance.


Holiday Even #’D Years Odd #’D Years Days And Times
1. Martin Luther King Day father mother 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
2. President’s Day mother father 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3. Easter Sunday father mother 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
4. Spring break* father mother 5:30 p.m. day school ends to 7:00 p.m. day  before school begins
5. Memorial Day mother father 5:30 p.m. Fri preceding to Mon. @ 7:00 p.m.
6. 4th of July father mother 5:30 p.m. 07/03 to 11:00 p.m. 07/04
7. Labor Day mother father 5:30 p.m. Fri. preceding to Mon. @ 7:00 p.m.
8. Halloween father mother 4 hours on “trick or treat” day/night or in each  neighborhood
9. Thanksgiving* father mother 5:30 p.m. Wed. to Fri. @ 7:00 p.m.
mother father 7:00 p.m. Fri. to Sun. @ 7:00 p.m.
10. Christmas Eve father mother 9:00 a.m. 12/24 to 10:00 p.m.
11. Christmas Day mother father 10:00 p.m. 12/24 to 7:00 p.m. 12/25
12. New Year’s Eve father mother 5:30 p.m. 12/31 to 7:00 p.m. O1/O1

13. Winter break* divide equally

*(or as the parties may otherwise agree in writing)


  1. Religious or ethnic holidays alternate between the parties yearly, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  2. Mother’s and Father’s Day with respective parents, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  3. Children’s birthdays with father in even numbered years and mother in odd numbered years, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All siblings to attend.
  4. Parent’s birthdays  9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Each parent shall keep the other parent notified of any change in address and/or telephone number. If the residential parent intends to move to a residence outside Summit County, he/she shall immediately file a Notice of Intent to Relocate with the Court and shall serve copies upon the Court, CSEA, and the other parent. If the parents cannot, by written agreement, agree that the move is in the best interest of the child(ren), the residential parent shall file tat motion and schedule a hearing to revise the companionship schedule prior to relocating. O.R.C. §3109.051(G)(1).


Each party is entitled, under the same terms and conditions under which access is provided to the residential parent, to access
1. any school, health, or agency records or reports that are related to the child(ren); 2. any child day care center which the child attends; and, 3. any student activity in which the child(ren) participate. O.R.C. §3109.051(H),(I),(J).

Revised January, 2003

Summit County Courthouse Annex, 209 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308


  1. S says

    Why are the weekly overnight visits being taken from the child from the non custodian parent ? Substituting with a 3 hour visit? My child looks forward to this! this would be highly detrimental to him and to me .

  2. M says

    When the non residential parent picks a vacation for a week that starts on a Saturday does it end the same time the following Saturday?

  3. A says

    What if the parents live 4 hours apart (one way)? Would the court force a child to go every other weekend meaning that they would be in a car for 16 hours a month? The child is young and is having major separation issues.

  4. B says

    How do holidays work if mother is only entitled to every other Thanksgiving Christmas and easter and 3 weeks out of the summer???

  5. K says

    Both parents have split custody but “Mother’s parenting time shall be at all other times and until otherwise agreed Mother’s time shall be supervised by the maternal Grandmother. The maternal Grandmother may exercise Mother’s parenting any time Mother is unable to do so. What does agreed mean? Can I allow my granddaughter to live with her mother when I deem she is ready?

  6. N says

    If cops have been involved for pick up and drop off and threatening text should drop off and pick up be at police station?

  7. Anonymous says

    Is Fourteen old enough that a child can decide they don’t want to go for visitation without having to go to court? I was told they can refuse to go and that the other would have to file a motion for not MAKING them go. My son does NOT want to go unless he feels like it!

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