After two parents hash out the logistics for child support and custody, the next step is for life to go on and for the children to have the highest quality of life possible. A huge factor in this equation is sustaining quality relationships with both parents, if possible. Visitation, commonly called “parenting time” in Ohio, allows this to happen even when one parent was not awarded custody of the child.
Frequently Asked Questions About Visitation
Many parents hope that they will never have to leave their relationship with their child to the court, which may be part of why most parents have a lot of questions about what visitation entails. Below are some of the most common questions and their answers, provided by Ohio Legal Services:
- How is visitation established? Each county in Ohio has a “standard parenting time schedule,” which is used as a starting point by courts in setting parenting time schedules for the cases in those jurisdictions.
- Are there alternatives to “standard parenting time schedules?” A court may order a parenting time schedule with terms and conditions that vary from the standard schedule. In cases involving child abuse or domestic violence, the court may restrict the abusive parent’s visitation rights by ordering supervised visitation, designating specific pickup and drop-off points, prohibiting the parent’s consumption of alcohol or legal drugs during visitation periods, requiring the abusive parent to attend parenting classes or counseling, or prohibiting the parent from taking the children out of state.
- What if a parent violates their visitation rights? A custodial parent’s interference with the visitation rights or parenting time of the other parent may trigger a court contempt action against that parent. Such interference is also a factor that the court must consider in determining which parent should be awarded custody in any future child custody or custody modification proceedings.
- Can I visit my child if they are out of state? Visitation with your child will be defined in your court orders. If you have visitation with your child and the custodial parent takes the child out of the state without your prior knowledge, consult with your attorney about your options.