Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court new Local Rule 18

The Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court just revised their local rule for standard parenting time guidelines.  Of important note, the standard parenting time schedule for the non-residential parent when there is no agreement is expanded to every other weekend from Friday until Monday morning; and the midweek parenting time is expanded from just dinner to overnight.  The new Local Rule 18 also takes into account that summer vacation is becoming shorter and shorter for school age children.  The default summer vacation parenting time each parent is now four weeks, reduced from six weeks for the non-residential parent.

The Court also adopted guidelines for families where the parents live a great distance apart.  The Long Distance parenting time guidelines are new for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court and provide age-appropriate guidelines for families where the parents live more than 200 miles apart.

Each family is unique and the standard guidelines may not be the best parenting time schedule for your family. Local Rule 18 provides a rubric for families to ensure children have continuing contact with both parents while taking into account the varying ages of children and their respective developmental needs. 

For more information on this topic, or assistance with your Family Law needs contact Joseph Stafford at 216.241.1074 or www.StaffordLawCompany,com

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