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Hamilton County, Ohio Standard Visitation, Juvenile Court

December 5, 2009

(web page updated 12-5-09)

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 know that the court in this county has implemented a new rule, PLEASE tell us by e-mailing us at info@cornwell-law.com and we will update our website.

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, or, if need be, click the “more” link below.

The court’s local rule, as published, appears to have mostly blanks, to be filled in on a case-by-case basis, by the court.

RULE 23. Standard Parenting Time Guidelines

Standard parenting time guidelines are as follows.

Normal Weekly Schedule

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time on alternate weekdays from Friday at

_______ a.m./p.m. until Sunday at _______ a.m./p.m. The non-residential parent shall have

parenting time from _______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m. on a weekday preceding the

weekends during which there is no parenting time.

Holiday Time

The schedule for holiday time will take precedence over the normal weekly schedule.

During even numbered years, the non-residential parent shall have parenting time on New Year’s

Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. During the odd

numbered years, the non-residential parent shall have parenting time on Martin Luther King Day,

Easter, July 4th and Labor Day. Parenting times for such holidays shall begin at _______

a.m./p.m. and continue until _______ a.m./p.m.

During the even numbered years, the non-residential parent shall have parenting time from

_______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m. on Christmas Eve, and during odd numbered years, on

Christmas Day from _______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m.

Mother shall have parenting time on Mother’s Day and Father shall have parenting time on

Father’s Day, _______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m.

During even numbered years, the non-residential parent shall have parenting time on the child’s

birthday. If the child’s birthday falls on a non-school day, the parenting time shall take place

from _______ a.m./p.m. and continue until _______ a.m./p.m. If the child’s birthday falls on a

school day, parenting time shall take place from _______ a.m./p.m. and continue until _______

a.m./p.m.

The non-residential parent shall not exercise regular weekly parenting time on holidays unless

entitled to holiday time by the holiday schedule or unless the parties otherwise agree in writing.

The following days of special meaning shall also constitute holiday time and shall be

apportioned between the residential and non-residential parent as follows:

Extended Time

The non-residential parent shall be entitled to four weeks of additional parenting time each year.

Extended parenting time shall take precedence over the holiday schedule with the exception of

Christmas Eve and Christmas. This parenting time may be exercised during the child’s seasonal

school breaks, summer vacation, or any other appropriate time during the year. Such extended

parenting time shall not interfere with any summer school that is mandatory for child to pass to

next grade. The residential parent is entitled to two weeks uninterrupted extended parenting

time.

Extended parenting times are to be arranged within seven days from the time the parents’

vacation schedules are posted by their employers. The non-residential parent shall notify the

residential parent in writing of the times desired for extended parenting time no later than 30

days prior to the exercise of said time.

Precedence

Extended parenting time shall take precedence over the holiday schedule with the exception of

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The holiday schedule will take precedence over the normal

weekly schedule. In the event of a conflict, the order of precedence is: extended time, first,

excepting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; holiday time, second; weekends, third; and

midweek days, fourth.

Wait Time

The child and/or the residential parent have no duty to wait more than 30 minutes for the nonresidential

parent to arrive for parenting time. The non-residential parent who is more than 30

minutes late for a particular parenting time shall forfeit that time. The non-residential parent,

who is more than 30 minutes late in returning the child without calling to make arrangements for

just cause shall be subject to contempt.

Relocation

The residential parent may not remove the child from Hamilton County to establish residence in

another county or state without a court order or an agreement signed by the person or persons

exercising court ordered parenting time. If the residential parent intends to establish a residence

outside Hamilton County and all other parties have not signed an agreement, the residential

parent shall file a notice to relocate with the clerk.

Make-up Days

Makeup days shall be given if, due to an emergency, the child or non-residential parent cannot

visit at the scheduled time, or if the custodial parent denies parenting time with just cause. All

makeup days shall be rescheduled and exercised within 30 days.

Transportation

In the event that the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding transportation for

parenting time, the ____________________ shall provide transportation at commencement of

the period and ____________________ shall provide transportation at the termination of the

parenting time period.

Any parent who transports the child shall have a valid driver’s license, roadworthy vehicle,

insurance required by the laws of Ohio, and car seats required by the laws of Ohio.

School Releases

The residential parent shall arrange for the appropriate school officials to release any and all

information concerning the child to the non-residential parent.

Medical

The residential parent shall authorize the release of any and all medical information and/or

records concerning the child to the non-residential parent. In the event that a parent seeks

medical attention by a physician, the parent shall promptly notify the other parent. Elective

surgery shall be performed only after consultation with the non-residential parent.

Addresses

Each parent shall keep the other parent notified of any change in address and/or telephone

number. Each parent will keep the other parent notified of the location of child if not in

Hamilton County. Each parent will provide the other parent with his or her vacation destination,

method of travel, times of arrival and departure, and the telephone number where he or she can

be reached.

RULE 24. Standard Phase-In Parenting Time Guidelines

Where the child may not be sufficiently familiar with the parent to warrant standard parenting

time scheduling, the court may consider, subject to the child’s best interests, the following

standard phase-in parenting time guidelines before initiating the standard parenting time

schedule.

Supervised Day Parenting Time.

The nonresidential parent shall have ____(#) weekly parenting time periods of ______ hours on -

__________ (day) from _______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m., beginning on

_____________. Supervision will be provided by ______________________________, who

will remain within sight and sound of child at all times. The parenting time will occur at

____________________________________. The parties shall provide their own transportation

to such location.

Unsupervised Partial-Day Parenting Time

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time _______(#) times, every week / alternate

weeks for _______(#) hours on ___________(day) from _______ a.m./p.m. to _______

a.m./p.m., beginning on ____________________.

Transportation for Unsupervised Parenting Time.

In the event that the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding transportation for

parenting time, ____________________ shall provide transportation at the commencement of

the period and ____________________ parent shall provide transportation at the termination of

the parenting time period. Pick up and return location is :

_____________________________________________________________________________.

Any parent who transports the child shall have a valid driver’s license, roadworthy vehicle,

insurance required by the laws of Ohio, and car seats required by the laws of Ohio

Unsupervised Full Day Parenting Time.

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time _______(#) times, every week / alternate

weeks for ______ (#) hours from _______ a.m./p.m. to _______ a.m./p.m., beginning on

_____________________________.

Unsupervised One-And-A Half-Day Parenting Time.

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time on ____________________(day), from

_______ a.m./p.m. until ____________________(day) at _______ a.m./p.m., beginning on

____________________ and occurring every week / every alternate week.

Unsupervised Two-Day Parenting Time

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time from____________________(day), from

_______ a.m./p.m. until ____________________(day) at _______ a.m./p.m., beginning on

____________________ and occurring every week / alternate week.

End of Phase-In Schedule

The end of the Phase-In Schedule shall occur on ____________________. The Standard

Parenting Time Guidelines shall start on ____________________. In the event of a conflict, the

Phase-In Parenting Time schedule shall take precedence over the Standard Parenting Time

Guidelines or any other parenting schedule.

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