If one parent is designated the sole residential parent and legal custodian of a child, the other parent is generally entitled to visitation rights with the child. Ohio law uses the legal term “parenting time” for visitation rights. Most courts have their own standard parenting time schedules, which they will often use as a starting point in determining schedules for specific cases.
If your case involves abuse or domestic violence, the court may restrict the abuser’s visitation rights by introducing terms and conditions that are different from the standard parenting time schedule. For example, the abusive parent may be required to:
- Attend counseling or parenting classes
- Only see their child under supervision
- Only pick up and drop off their child at designated locations
- Not drink alcohol and use drugs during parenting time
If the parent with custody of the child interferes with the parenting time of the other parent, that may trigger a court contempt action.
Grandparents may be entitled to petition the court for their own visitation rights with their grandchildren.
If you have further questions about visitation rights or parenting time under Ohio law, please contact The Law Office of John Heilbrun today or call (513) 370-2312 to schedule a consultation with John.