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Your Lawyer For Child Visitation Rights In Ohio.

Visitation rights in Ohio can be difficult to understand for many parents. Knowing your rights is essential to receive the most time possible with your child. Luckily, you have access to an attorney who provides professional services and ample communication to help you with your fight.

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Understanding Visitation Rights In Ohio.

Under Ohio law, 'parenting time,' commonly referred to as visitation, is a court-ordered schedule that allows a parent, typically the one who is not the primary caregiver, to maintain and strengthen their relationship with the child. This time is usually allocated to the non-residential parent – the parent who does not have primary custody.


Judges hold significant discretion in family law disputes, including decisions about parenting time. However, any order for parenting time must be reasonable and prioritize the child's best interests. The law emphasizes that both parents should have frequent and ongoing contact with their children to foster strong familial bonds.


Who Has Access To Visitation Rights?

In Ohio, while parents usually determine parenting time schedules, the law also recognizes the rights of grandparents, other relatives, and 'other persons' – which can include individuals like former stepparents who have played a significant role in raising the children – to seek visitation.


For grandparents, relatives, or others to be granted visitation, they must file a motion with the court. To approve this request, the judge must ascertain two key factors:


  • The individual seeking visitation has a genuine interest in the welfare of the child, or

  • Visitation with this individual aligns with the child's best interests.

Common Information About Visitation.

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Visitation Plans

Ideally, in custody cases, parents come to the court with a mutually agreed-upon parenting plan that accommodates their children's school and personal schedules, as well as their unique needs. Such plans, crafted and consented to by both parents, typically allow substantial time with the children, balancing the demands of work and personal commitments. However, it is not uncommon for parents to disagree on a parenting schedule. These disagreements can stem from various reasons, including relationship conflicts, reluctance to concede to the other parent, and financial issues related to child support.

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Child Interviews

Occasionally, judges or parents may wish to consider the children's preferences in determining parenting time. This is particularly relevant in high-conflict cases or those involving substance abuse or suspected child abuse. The judge has the discretion to interview the children, or a parent can request such an interview. The insights gained from these interviews can significantly influence the final parenting schedule. However, judges often prefer not to interview children to avoid causing them stress. During these interviews, parents are not permitted to be present or participate. While this might be frustrating for some parents, it is important to understand that children are more likely to express themselves honestly and openly without their parents around.

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Violation Of Visitation Plan

Other parents not adhering to a court-ordered parenting schedule, is a common issue in long-term co-parenting. This non-compliance can manifest as neglecting parenting time, frequent cancellations, tardiness for pickups or drop-offs, or inflexibility during holidays or vacations. Such behavior not only disrupts your life but also creates confusion and instability for your children.


To modify an existing court order, it is necessary to demonstrate that the current parenting arrangement fails to serve the children's best interests and that a new schedule would be more appropriate. A significant change in circumstances since the original order is essential for this. Occasional lapses in following the schedule may not suffice for a court to alter the arrangement.

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Professional Representation Meets Visitation Rights.

We understand that each family's situation is unique, and navigating visitation rights can be a delicate process, especially when dealing with uncooperative co-parents or challenging circumstances. Our approach is tailored to your specific needs, focusing on achieving a fair and practical visitation arrangement that upholds your rights while prioritizing your child's well-being.

Your Plan For Achieving Visitation Rights.



Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation to determine the specific needs of your case.

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After the initial consultation, we will work to develop an in-depth strategy to assist in achieving optimal results for your case.

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From the first meeting to the close of your matter, enjoy the comfort of knowing that a proven professional is in your corner, fighting for your rights.

Important Disclaimer

The information that you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls and emails. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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