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Visitation Schedules Over Summer Vacation


There is nothing more contentious and heartbreaking than the imposition of a court ordered summer visitation schedule in a custody battle. It is important to keep in mind that in many jurisdictions the court will order that the summer be split evenly between the parties. This may prove to be less than an ideal situation for your child or children. It is very important that you review and understand your court's local visitation schedule in the event that you cannot reach an agreement.




For your review, and as an example, please see the attached link, directing you to the local rule for Franklin County visitation.


https://drj.fccourts.org/Rules.aspx?rtype=D&rid=27&F=E


As outlined, here are the following sample visitation schedules:


*This rule applies to orders and entries journalized effective January 1, 2015 and thereafter.


*****FOR PARENTS TRAVELING UNDER 90 MILES ONE WAY:

This schedule is merely a guideline for parenting time. It is the parties' responsibility to tailor this schedule as necessary to meet the best interests of their children and their situation before the schedule becomes a court order.


PARENTING TIME BETWEEN THE CHILDREN AND THE PARENTS SHALL TAKE PLACE AT SUCH TIMES AND PLACES AS THE PARTIES MAY AGREE, BUT IN ABSENCE OF AGREEMENT SHALL BE

(CHOOSE ONE OPTION, EITHER A, B, C, OR D BELOW MUST BE SELECTED):


____ OPTION A: 1. The children shall reside equally with both parents on an alternating weekly basis. The children shall transition from one parent's residence to the other every Sunday at 6:00 p.m. unless the parties agree upon a different day and time. 2. The parent who is not exercising weekly parenting time shall be entitled to spend one weekday evening with the children from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., which shall be Wednesday unless otherwise agreed. The parent exercising weekday evening parenting time shall be responsible for picking up AND returning the children for this parenting time. ____ OPTION B: 1. Weekends: Alternate weekends from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 p.m. This alternating weekend schedule shall not change, even when interrupted by holiday and birthday, summer and/or vacation parenting time. (See Section 4a and 5 below) 2. Weekdays: Mother/Father (circle one) shall have parenting time with the children each Monday beginning at 6:00 p.m. until drop-off to school/daycare on Wednesday (or 6:00 p.m. if no school), Mother/Father (circle the other parent) shall have parenting time with the children from Wednesday after school (or 6:00 p.m. if no school) until drop-off to school/daycare on Friday (or 6:00 p.m. if no school). ____ OPTION C: 1. Weekends: Alternate weekends from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Monday at 6:00 p.m. This alternating weekend schedule shall not change, even when interrupted by holiday and birthday, summer and/or vacation parenting time. (See Section 4a and 5 below) 2. Weekdays: Mother/ Father (circle one) shall have one weekday overnight per week from 6:00 p.m. until the next morning to school/day care or 8:00 a.m., whichever is applicable. This overnight shall be Wednesday unless otherwise agreed. The parent exercising weekday overnight parenting time shall be responsible for all transportation during this parenting time. The other parent shall have the remaining weekday parenting time. ____ OPTION D: 1. Weekends: Alternate weekends from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday at 6:00 p.m. This alternating weekend schedule shall not change, even when interrupted by holiday and birthday, summer and/or vacation parenting time. (See Section 4a and 5 below) 2. Weekdays: Mother/Father (circle one) shall have one weekday evening per week from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. which shall be Wednesday unless otherwise agreed. The parent exercising weekday evening parenting time shall be responsible for picking up AND returning the children for this parenting time. The other parent shall have the remaining weekday parenting time.

5. Summer: (Applies only if either Option B, C, or D is selected above). Commencing the first Sunday after the children are out of school, each parent shall exercise parenting time with the children in two week blocks of time with the Mother/Father (circle one) exercising the first two week block. Alternating weekends shall continue so that each parent has time with the children during the other parent's two week block, however alternating weekend parenting time may not always occur at the midpoint of the two week block. The summer schedule commences the day after the children are out of school and continues until seven (7) days before school begins.


6. Vacations: Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of not more than two (2) weeks with the children. Each parent shall schedule this vacation during his/her time during the summer (For parents with Option A as their regular parenting time schedule, each parent may arrange either two one-week vacations to take place only during his/her time or they may arrange one two-week vacation using one week of each parent's time, which shall only be permitted if a two-week vacation is scheduled). The vacationing parent shall notify the other parent and provide a general itinerary of the vacation to the other parent, including dates, locations, addresses, and telephone numbers, no later than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled vacation. Holiday and birthday celebrations with either parent shall not be missed, requiring scheduling of the vacation around these events. Parenting time with the other parent is missed during vacation, and there is no requirement that it be made up. Parents shall notify each other of their vacation plans by May 31 each year, and in the event of a conflict, mother's schedule shall prevail in odd-numbered years; father's schedule shall prevail in even-numbered years.


*****FOR PARENTS TRAVELING OVER 90 MILES ONE WAY

This schedule is merely a guideline for parenting time. It is the parties' responsibility to tailor this schedule as necessary to meet the best interests of their children and their situation before the schedule becomes a court order.

4. Summer: Each parent shall be entitled to one half of the school summer vacation. Summer school necessary for the child(ren) to pass to the next grade must be attended. The residential parent shall notify the non-residential parent by March 15 of when the summer vacation begins and ends. The non-residential parent must notify the residential parent as to their intentions by April 15.

a. If the parties cannot agree which half of the summer they prefer, in the even-numbered years, the first half of the summer shall be spent at the home of the non-residential parent, and in the odd-numbered years, the second half. b. A general itinerary should be provided either parent if more than 2 days will be spent away from either home when the children are in that parent's care.


5. Vacations: Each parent may arrange an uninterrupted vacation of not more than two weeks with the children. If this includes a trip away from home a general itinerary of the vacation shall be provided for the other parent, including dates, locations, addresses, and telephone numbers.



-- Eric Brehm, Partner at Riddell Aimar & Brehm LLC

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