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Wood County, Ohio Model Schedule for 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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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:

Wood County Local Parenting Time Schedule

Parenting time is a time for children to enjoy the companionship of the non-residential parent. Parents can effectively use this time by spending time with their children, developing a hobby, teaching them skills and helping them meet friends in the neighborhood.

If a child indicates a 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 or file a motion with the court. As uncomfortable as this issue may be for a parent, this issue shoal not go unresolved. IT IS THE ABSOLUTE AFFIRMATIVE DUTY OF THE RESIDENTIAL PARENT TO M 1$E Certain THAT HIS O, R HER, CHILD GOES FOR THE PARENTING TIME PERIOD

Liberal time sharing arrangements are encouraged, as contact with both parents is important to the children. The parent with whom the children live will encourage and be supportive of the parenting schedule. Specific items in the Judgment Entry take precedence over this schedule. Changes or modifications can be made by the court if necessary.


1. WEEKENDS: Beginning _, ,,~o ,‑,alternate weekends from Friday at 6:0o p.m. until Sunday at 6:0o p.m. This alternating weekend schedule shall not change, even if interrupted by holiday and birthday, summer and/or vacation parenting time.

2. WEEKDAY: Wednesday from 5:0o p.m. to 9:0o p.m. (8:go p.m. for children under 8).


Holiday Even Years Odd Years Days and Times – As Agreed or as follows:
MLK Day Mother Father 6 pm Sunday to 6 pm Monday
President’s Day Father Mother 6 pm Sunday to 6 pm Monday
Easter Sunday Mother Father 9 am to 6 pm
Spring Break Mother Father 6 pm day school ends‑6 pm day
before school begins
Memorial Day Father Mother 6 pm Sunday to 6 pm Monday
Fourth of July Mother Father 6 pm July 3rd to 6 pm July 4th
Labor Day Father Mother 6 pm Sunday to 6 pm Monday
Thanksgiving Mother Father 6 pm Wednesday to 6 pm
Christmas Eve Father Mother 6 pm December 23rd to g pm
December 24th
Christmas Day Mother Father 9 pm December 24th to g December 25th pm
Christmas Break(First Half) Father Mother Divide into equal number of days based upon theschedule of the school district within which the children reside regardless of the age of the children.
Christmas Break(Second Half) Mother Father

a. The alternating weekend visitation shall be interrupted as a consequence of the holiday schedule, i.e., the spring break schedule and the Christmas break schedule.

b. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are to be spent with the appropriate parent from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 P.m.

c. The children’s birthdays will be spent with mother in even years and father in odd years. Siblings should attend birthday events. Times are according to the child’s availability or 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a birthday falling on a weekend day or 5:00 p.m. to 9‑.00 p.m. for a birthday falling on a weekday.

d. Holidays take precedence over other parenting time.

4. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Regardless of the parenting time schedule the children’s participation in extracurricular activities, school‑related or otherwise, shall continue uninterrupted. It shall be the responsibility of the parent in physical possession at the time of the activity to provide the physical and/or cost of transportation to these activities. The residential parent shall timely provide the other parent with notice of all extracurricular activities, school related or otherwise, in which the children participate, schedules of all extracurricular activities and the name of the activity leader (including address and telephone number if reasonably available).

Scheduled parenting time periods shall not be delayed or denied because a child has other scheduled activities (routine appointments, with friend, work, lessons, sports, etc.) If the activities are regularly scheduled and are not emergencies, they should be agreed upon in advance. Both parents are encouraged to attend all child(ren)s activities and each parent is entitled by law to equal access to the student activities of their child(ren), unless limited by court order.

5. WAITING: The children and the residential parent have no duty to await the visiting parent for more than 15 minutes after the scheduled visitation time. A parent who is late forfeits parenting time for that period, unless other arrangements are made.

6. CANCELLATION BY NON-RESIDENTIAL PARENT: The non-residential parent must give 24-hour advance notice of intent NOT to exercise parenting time. Unless prior arrangements are made, a parent who does not exercise the parenting time forfeits that time. Failure to exercise scheduled time is upsetting to the child(ren). A parent who continually fails to exercise this right may have parenting time modified and may be subject to other legal remedies by motion of the other parent.

y. ILLNESS: If a child is ill, requiring medication or consultation with a doctor/dentist, each parent must notify the other as soon as possible. If the child becomes ill while with the residential parent prior to a scheduled parenting time period, the parent must contact the other parent and discuss the advisability of parenting time while considering the best interest of the child as the primary concern.

If the parents agree that there will be parenting time, the residential parent must provide written instructions and sufficient medication for the parenting time period. The non‑residential parent shall notify the other parent if the child’s condition worsens or does not improve as expected.

If one child is ill and does not enjoy the parenting time period, other children shall enjoy their regularly scheduled parenting time period.

The non-residential parent shall seek emergency treatment if necessary for the children) during his/her period of parenting time.

The residential parent shall communicate, in writing, any allergic or chronic condition of the minor child(ren), together with the medication and recommended treatment.

8. SUMMER: Five weeks of parenting time each year. The non‑residential parent shall give the residential parent written notice of summer parenting time plans prior to April 1 of each year. The non‑residential parent has priority of choice for summer parenting time dates if notice is given as required. If notice is not given by April 1, the residential parent has priority in scheduling any summer vacation plans. During summer parenting time, the residential parent receives weekday parenting time as enjoyed by the non‑residential parent during the rest of the year. The alternating weekends are to continue without interruption.

If summer school is necessary for the child to pass to the next grade, both parents shall ensure that it is completed.

As part of his/her summer parenting time, each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of two weeks with the child(ren). The parent who leaves town shall provide a general itinerary to the other parent, including dates, locations, addresses and telephone numbers.

9. MOVING: Either parent must notify the other in writing at least 3o days in advance of his/her intent to change residence. Each parent shall provide a current address and telephone number to the other parent at all times. If the parties move more than 150 miles apart, unless the parties agree otherwise, each shall comply with the Long Distance Parenting Time Schedule without further order of the court.

10 ACCESS TO RECORDS: Both parents shall have access to all educational, medical, dental, optometric, psychiatric and psychological records of the minor children) and may consult with any educators, treating physician, dentist or other health care provider to the children, subject to any specific limitations set forth in the court order. The residential parent shall list the nonresidential parent as a parent on all required forms. Upon request of the non‑residential parent, the residential parent shall immediately take whatever action is required to assist the nonresidential parent in gaining access to all records of the minor child(ren).

11. OTHER ACCESS: The child(ren) must be allowed to communicate by telephone with both parents, a minimum of once per week. In addition, the parties may agree to allow email access to both parents.

12. CLOTHING: The residential parent is responsible to provide sufficient appropriate clean clothing for every parenting time period. The non‑residential parent shall return all items sent with the child. If there is a need for special clothing needs, the non‑residential parent must notify the residential parent at least 2 days in advance of the parenting time.

13. TRANSPORTATION: It is the Court’s intent that each parent provide half of the transportation. The parent who receives the child(ren) shall be responsible to transport the child(ren). The person who transports shall be a licensed, insured driver, shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and shall follow all traffic laws, including child restraint and seat belt laws.

14. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PARENTS: It is the parent’s responsibility, not the child(ren), to make all parenting time arrangements. Neither parent should communicate with a child about the issue of parenting time, or future events or activities which conflict with the other parent’s scheduled time. It is not the child’s responsibility to mediate or become involved in parental differences over parenting times, dates or activities. If the parties are unable to communicate with each other, they may use other adults to make parenting time arrangements. The best solution is to seek professional help to improve their ability to communicate for the best interest of their child(ren).

15. DISCIPLINE: It is presumed that the parents will use consistent discipline between the households and will communicate with each other concerning the need for discipline of the child(ren). If the parents disagree over the appropriate discipline or solutions to the child(ren)’s behavior, they should seek the help of a professional. Examples of concern are decline in grades, truancy problems, delinquency, or drastic changes in behavior.

16. NON-COMPLIANCE: Any of the rights or responsibilities outlined in this schedule may be enforced by the Court after the filing of the appropriate motion of either party. A parent may not withhold parenting rights because the other party does not obey a court order.

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 30 days for each separate act of contempt. The Court may also assess attorney fees, court costs, transportation cost and make‑up parenting time in addition to any other remedy at law. Failure to obey court orders may also be the basis for a reallocation of parental rights.

17. TEENAGERS: A regular routine of parenting time may become more difficult as a child ages, has more outside activities, drives, 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 more time with friends or in organized activities and less time with each parent. It is advisable to consider the teenager’s wishes within limits and to allow maximum flexibility.

18. MISCELLANEOUS: Curb-Side Exchange ‑ A legal term written into a court order if necessary. This prohibits the parent from entering upon the property of the other parent for exchange of the children. The residential parent remains in the home while the other parent remains in the car and there is no communication between the parents. The parent who is picking up the child(ren) is to park in front of the home at the scheduled time and honk the horn once to notify the other parent to send the child(ren) to the car.

19. This schedule may not be appropriate for children under the age of S and the parties may wish to substitute shorter, more frequent periods of parenting time with children of that age.


The provisions of the Local Parenting Time Schedule will apply, unless modified by the following paragraphs. Although frequent contact is recommended, distance and cost of transportation may prohibit implementing the local schedule. The parties are encouraged to agree to a schedule that is convenient and workable for the parents and the child. In the absence of agreement, parenting time for the non‑residential parent will NOT BE LESS THAN the following:

1. WEEKENDS: Once per month if the travel time one way is less than 3 hours. The non‑residential parent shall notify the other parent as soon as possible and not less than 10 days in advance.

2. WEEKDAYS: There will be no weekday parenting time, unless the parent is in the child’s vicinity. The non‑residential parent has the responsibility to notify the residential parent at least two days in advance when (s)he will be in the area and the residential parent shall allow reasonable parenting time.

3. HOLIDAYS AND BIRTHDAYS: For the holidays that create a 3 day weekend, the non‑residential parent shall have parenting time from Friday to Monday when the holiday is their scheduled holiday. In addition, if there is an extended weekend as a result of a school conference, the non‑residential may exercise parenting time for the weekend.  During the even numbered years, the non‑residential parent shall have the entire Christmas break for school age children. For preschoolers, the non-residential parent shall have up to 5 days during the Christmas break.  The non-residential parent shall be entitled to any days afforded him/her‑ under the schedule so long as arrangements can be made at his/her expense.

5. WAITING: The children and the residential parent have no duty to await the nonresidential parent for more than 30 minutes after the scheduled parenting time, unless there is an emergency and advance notice is reasonably given.

6. SUMMER: One-half of the school vacation. The residential parent shall notify the non‑residential parent of the vacation dates by March 15. The non-residential parent then has the responsibility to notify the residential parent of their intentions by April 15.

a. If the parents do not communicate in advance, the non‑residential parents shall enjoy the first half of the summer in even numbered years and the second half of the summer in odd numbered years.

b. The parents are reminded that summer vacation shall be arranged to allow summer school for the child if it is necessary for the child to be promoted to the next grade.

COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION shall be considered at the time of final hearing based on all the circumstances of the case and shall be set forth in the Judgment Entry. In the absence of agreement or a decision, the costs shall be divided based on the percentages of income as set forth in the child support worksheet.

Magistrate Thomas J. Bamburowski Judge Alan R. Mayberry
Magistrate Pamela A. Heringhaus Judge Reeve Kelsey
Judge Robert C. Pollex


  1. P says

    Can you please tell me which date is the valid date for submitting summer vacation schedule by the non-residential parent. It is listed here as April 1st but on the paperwork from the court says May 1st? Also, can the non-residential parent take all of the residential parents weekends as part of their summer vacation? Thank you

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