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Huron County, Ohio Exhibit B, Standard Visitation Schedule For Domestic Relations Cases

December 12, 2009

(web page updated 12-12-09)

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This schedule is for Huron County Domestic Relations Cases, for parents who live less than 150 miles apart.  To save this document as a PDF, click here.

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Appendix B

Rev. 7/1/07

GUIDELINES ON PARENTING TIME IN

HURON COUNTY DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES

1. GENERAL GUIDELINES REGARDING PARENTING TIME AND COMPANIONSHIP

A. Parenting time may take place at any times and places that the parents may agree.

B. Parenting time does not include picking up the children and leaving them with someone

else while the visiting parent pursues their own recreation which excludes the children; children

should not be taken into bars for an extended period of time and neither parent shall consume alcohol

to excess during custody or parenting time. Violations shall be deemed to be cause for curtailment

of parenting time and/or change of custody and/or subjecting the offending parent to contempt.

C. In the event that the parents are unable to reach an agreement regarding transportation,

the non-residential parent shall provide transportation at the commencement of the parenting time

period and the residential parent shall provide transportation at the termination of the period.

D. The non-residential parent shall be prompt in arriving to pick-up the children for the

beginning of the parenting time period. The children, or the residential parent, have no duty to await

the visiting parent for more than thirty (30) minutes after the visitation time. A parent more than

thirty (30) minutes late shall forfeit that parenting time period. Exceptions shall be made if and only

if the tardiness of the non-residential parent is for just cause and the residential parent receives both

prompt notification and a reasonable estimated arrival time.

E. The residential parent shall send with the children on parenting time, sufficient clothing

and outerwear appropriate to the season to last the period of the visitation. Continued violations of

this requirement shall be subject to contempt.

F. If a child is ill, the residential parent shall give twenty-four (24) hours notice, if possible.

The non-residential parent shall give twenty-four (24) hours notice to cancel. The time canceled by

the non-residential parent is forfeited unless re-scheduled by agreement of the parents; the time

canceled by the residential parent may be made up on the option of the non-residential parent at the

earliest opportunity.

G. The non-residential parent shall have frequent and on going telephone, regular mail or

e-mail contact with the child(ren). The non-residential parent shall utilize this time in a reasonable

fashion.

The policy of the following time allocations is to provide a schedule which is best suited for

the particular age of a child. When a family has children in more than one age group, the parents

may adapt the schedule to fit the needs of each child.

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When parents are not in agreement and children are in different age groups the following

guidelines should be observed if no harm would occur to the children: a.) if the children are in two

age groups, the guidelines for the older group should apply, b.) if the children are in three or more

age groups, the guidelines for the middle group should apply.

2. WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Basic Principles/Infants and Preschoolers

i. Particularly with very young children, the more frequently the non-residential parent

sees the child(ren) the more appropriate it is to have longer periods of time with the

non-residential parent.

ii. If the non-residential parent has not had regular contact with the child, short periods

of parenting time must precede extended periods.

iii. With children over the age of nine (9) months and particularly with children in the

preschool years, more overnight time may be appropriate subject to the

circumstances of each family.

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time as follows:

A. Infants to Nine (9) months:

Two (2) hours three times weekly; the times of which will be set to accommodate both parents’

work schedules. If the parties cannot agree, parenting time shall be on Tuesdays and Thursdays

from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

B. Preschoolers:

Frequent short visits per agreement or, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30

p.m.; the times of which may be altered to accommodate the parties work schedules. One day

every weekend alternating Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 p.m. on the preceding day to 6:00 p.m.

on the day of parenting time.

Basic Principles/Elementary School-aged Children

i. Elementary and school-aged children can adapt to longer periods of separation from

their principal caretakers than younger children can.

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ii. The needs of the 5-12 year old child with regard to school schedules, homework and

extra-curricular activities must be respected.

iii. Adjusting to and moving back and forth between two households increases the

complexity of life in a divorce situation. It may, therefore, be necessary to simplify

other aspects of the child’s life, e.g. by reducing the number of outside activities.

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time as follows:

C. Elementary School-aged Children:

Alternating weekends from Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday at 6:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 8:30

p.m. visitations once a week during the week provided that meals are provided for or

accommodated and the parents reside in the same or adjoining counties; if unable to agree, the

weekday shall be on Wednesday.

Basic Principles/Teenagers

i. Parents should respect teenagers’ need to spend time with peers and in organized

activities and less time with each parent especially during weekends and summer

holidays.

ii. Quality of time is more important than a rigid schedule. Flexibility in scheduling is

necessary. When possible, it is preferable to consider the teenager’s wishes as long

as the parents agree.

The non-residential parent shall have parenting time as follows:

D. Teenagers:

One (1) evening per week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. if the parents reside in the same or

adjoining counties, and subject to the child’s scholastic and extracurricular activities, if the parents

cannot agree on the weekday evening, it shall be Wednesday; alternating weekends from Friday

evening at 6:00 p.m. to Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.

3. HOLIDAY SCHEDULE AND EXTENDED TIME

A. Parents may wish to change by agreement a holiday at least one week in advance in

order to observe a family or religious tradition. If not changed by agreement holiday

times, where relevant, shall be as follows:

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EVEN NUMBERED YEARS

RESIDENTIAL PARENT NON-RESIDENTIAL PARENT

Memorial Day Friday Night 6:00 p.m. to Easter: Thursday Night 6:00 p.m.

Weekend: Monday Night 6:00 p.m. to Sunday night 6:00 p.m.

Labor Day Friday Night 6:00 p.m. to Fourth of July: 6:00 p.m. the

Weekend: Monday night 6:00 p.m. night before the 4th until 12 noon

the day after the 4th except when

Thanksgiving Day: Wednesday night 6:00 p.m. to the 4th falls on a Sat., Sun. or

Friday night 6:00 p.m. Mon. when visitation shall

Christmas: Christmas Eve 12 noon to commence Fri. night 6:00 p.m.

Christmas Day 12 noon a continue to 12 noon the day

Child’s Birthday: From 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. after the 4th.

(If not a school day; otherwise,

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)

Christmas Vacation and New Years

Day: Christmas Day at 12:00

noon until 6:00 p.m. New

Years’ Day.

Mother’s Day & Father’s Day: No matter whose turn for parenting time, the child(ren) will

be with the appropriate parent on those days from 9:00 a.m.

to 7:00 p.m.

The above schedule shall be reversed as to the residential and non-residential parent in odd

numbered years.

B. For children under the age of two (2) years, holiday parenting time shall be from 6:00

p.m. the day before the holiday to 6:00 p.m. on the actual holiday. For children under

the age of nine (9) months, holiday parenting time shall be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00

p.m. on the actual holiday.

C. When a child reaches the age of two, the non-residential parent shall be entitled to

four (4) weeks of additional time each year. After the age of five (5), two of those

four weeks may be taken consecutively. This time may be exercised during the

summer, the child(ren)’s spring break from school (every other year) or at any other

appropriate time during the year that does not interfere with the child’s school

calendar. For children ages two (2) to five (5), said four (4) week extended time may

be taken in one week increments. Under the age of two (2) there will be no extended

periods.

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D. The residential parent also shall be entitled to two (2) weeks of consecutive time each

year.

E. Extended periods of time are to be arranged within seven (7) days from the time the

parents’ vacation schedules are posted by their employers. Each parent shall notify

the other parent in writing of the times desired for these extended periods no later

than thirty (30) days prior to the exercise of extended period. Where there is a

conflict between the parents as to vacation schedules, the schedule of the parent who

first gives written notice to the other parent shall prevail.

F. In the event of a conflict, the following is the order of precedence: 1st) Holidays; 2nd)

Extended Periods; 3rd) Weekends; and 4th) Midweek days.

Appendix B

rev. 7/1/07

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