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Vinton County, Ohio Model for Scheduling Visitation Rights

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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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:


Vinton County – Court Guidelines For Custody And Visitation

A.  VISITATION: Whenever “reasonable visitation” for a non-custodial parent is in issue and whenever the parties cannot agree on visitation, the following may be considered as a Court determined guideline on the issue:

  1. Infants up to 18 months – non-custodial parent may visit in custodial home from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each Sunday.
  2. From 18 months to 3 years of age – one weekend per month.
  3. After 3 years of age – non-custodial visitation shall be as follows:
    1. Visitation by the non-custodial parent on alternate weekends from Friday at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (The beginning and ending times may be varied to suit the work schedules of the parties.).
    2. Mother’s Day, the children shall be with the mother and Father’s Day, the children shall be with the father.  In the event this provision requires the children to be with the custodial parent when it is the non-custodial parent’s normal weekend visitation, the non-custodial parent shall return the children by 9:00 a.m. on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  In the event that this provision requires the children to be with the non-custodial parent on a day not falling within the non-custodial parent’s visitation weekend, said non-custodial parent shall receive the children at 9:00 a.m. on that day and shall return them at 7:00 p.m. on said day.
    3. Parents shall have the children on the holidays as follows:

Even Years

Custodial Parent Non-Custodial Parent
President’s Day
Friday night to Monday night
Thursday night to Sunday night
Memorial Day
Friday night to Monday night
4th of July
Night before to morning after except when The 4th falls on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday when the visitation shall commence on Friday night and continue to end of Weekend or end of holiday, whichever is Later.
Labor Day
Friday night to Monday night
Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday night to Sunday night
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until 2:00 p.m.
Christmas Vacation and New Year’s Day
Christmas Day at 2:00 p.m. until the night of the end of the New Year’s Holiday

Odd Years

The above schedule shall be reversed as to the Custodial Parent and Non-Custodial Parent.

Unless otherwise indicated, said holiday visitation shall commence at the regular hour as set for the commencement of weekend visitations and shall end at the regular hour set for the ending of weekend visitation.  Said holiday visitations shall have precedence over the regular visitation schedule but shall not otherwise modify it (for example, if the holiday granted in any particular year to a non-custodial parent falls between the regular weekend visitation, the non-custodial parent will have three (3) weekends in a row at that particular time).

  1. d.   The non-custodial parent shall have an extended visitation each summer to coincide with their vacation.  However, the same shall not exceed three (3) weeks in duration. The non-custodial parent shall notify the custodial parent of the time thereof as soon as the vacations schedules at the non-custodial parent’s place of employment are posted or decided upon.
  2. e.   Both parties shall be diligent in having the children ready and available at the appointed times and the transporting party shall be prompt in picking up and delivering the children, provided, however, that the transporting parent for visitations shall have a grace of fifteen (15) minutes for pick-up and delivery if both parties live within 30 miles from each other.  If the one-way distance to be traveled is in excess of 30 miles, the grace period shall be 30 minutes.  IN the event the visiting parent exceeds the grace period, the visitation for the weekend is forfeited unless prior notification and arrangements have been made and except in cases where the visiting parent lives in excess of 30 miles away and suffers an unavoidable breakdown or delay en route and the visiting parent promptly notifies the custodial parent by phone of the delay.  Repeated violations by either parent shall be cause for granting a modification of the custody order either by changing custody or curtailing visitation, as the case may be.
  1. The custodial parent shall send with the children on visitation sufficient clothing and outerwear appropriate to the season to last the period of the visitation.  (for a weekend visitation, this shall consist of a minimum of two (2) extra sets of play clothes and one (1) dress outfit in addition to the clothes the children are wearing at the time of the start of the visitation).  In the case of infants, the custodial parent shall send with the child sufficient bottles, formula and diapers to last the visitation period.  Continued violations of this requirement shall be deemed sufficient cause of a change of custody.
  2. Visitation does not include picking the children up and leaving them with a non-family member while the visiting parent pursues their own pleasures nor does it include taking the children to a bar for an extended period of time.  Violations shall be deemed to be cause for curtailment of visitation.
  3. The custodial parent shall not remove the children from Vinton County or in the event said children are not presently in Vinton County, to a situs more distant from Vinton County than their present situs without first obtaining the permission of the Court by Judgment Entry.
  4. The custodial parent shall encourage free communication between the children and the non-custodial parent and shall not do anything to impede or restrict communications by phone or mail between the children and the non-custodial parent, whether initiated by the children or the non-custodial parent.  The mail between the children and parent shall be strictly confidential between them and that parent and shall not be opened or read by the other parent.  This rule applies equally to the non-custodial parent when the children are on extended visitation with the non-custodial parent.
  5. Both parents shall refrain from criticizing the other parent in the presence of the children.  Both parents shall try and prevent undue interference by grandparents in implementing visitation.
  6. Neither of the parties shall attempt to modify the religious practice of the children without first having consulted each other and the Court.
  7. The custodial parent shall take the necessary action with the school authorities of the schools in which the children are enrolled to:
    1. List the non-custodial parent as a parent of the children.
    2. To authorize the school to release to the non-custodial parent any and all information concerning the children.
    3. The custodial parent shall promptly, after receipt of the same, furnish to the non-custodial parent a photocopy of the child’s grade or report and copies of any other reports concerning the child’s status or progress.


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