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How should long-distance child visitation be handled?

If you have to move out of state and are a non-custodial parent, then you may have concerns about seeing your children. The state of Ohio has no set rules on relocation and visitation because each case is unique and treated that way. The court will generally not get involved unless you and the other parent cannot agree to the move and the terms of visitation, according to the Supreme Court of Ohio.

It is advantageous for you and your family to come to an agreement outside of a courtroom. When developing a plan for parenting time, certain considerations need to be made. Above all, how this move will impact your children must be kept in mind at all times. You must think about how your relationship with your children will be impacted. Also, consider relationships with extended family and half or step siblings that may be moving with you. Think about the distance, too. Usually, the further away you are moving, the more complications it creates to maintaining a solid relationship with your children.

As you create a plan, the general recommendation for visitation is at least four times per year. These will usually be multiple days or weeks the children will come to visit you. The arrangements for how the children will be transported should be included in your plan. Generally, visitation should occur when it will least impact the children's school and extracurricular schedules. Special arrangements may need to be made for holidays and other special occasions throughout the year. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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