In Ohio, a court may order a shared parenting plan, also known as shared custody, that allocates parental rights and responsibilities involving a minor child in a divorce, dissolution or in an action between parents who were never married. As part of your parenting plan, you need to make a parenting time schedule that shows when your child has time with each parent. When making your parenting schedule, the court will consider: the child’s relationship with both parents, where the parents live and distance between the homes, the child’s school schedule, the child’s age, and other factors that affect the best interest of the child.
If both parents agree on the schedule, you can likely have any schedule you want. However, if either parent does not agree, the court may determine your parenting schedule based on the county standard schedule or guidelines, or what most benefits the child. In selecting a 50/50 parenting time schedule, there are various options. There may be an alternating week schedule, where the child spends one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent. Or, a 3-4-4-3 schedule may be used, where your child spends 3 days with the first parent, 4 days with the second parent, 4 days with the first parent and then 3 days with the second parent. The 2-2-3 schedule is where your child spends 2 days with one parent, 2 days with the other parent, and 3 days with the first parent. That 2-2-3 schedule basically means alternating weekends, and 2 days during the week for each parent. Many clients have reported a better parenting relationship with the child, or children, when time is more equalized between both parents.
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