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Establish, Enforce, or Modify Parent-Time in Salt Lake County, UT

Parent-time also referred to as visitation, refers to the time a non-custodial parent spends with a child. Parents can come to their own agreement regarding parent-time, or the court may need to intervene and may establish visitation based on a minimum parent-time schedule set forth by state law.

If you need help reaching a parent-time agreement, enforcing your right to spend time with your child, or modifying a parent-time order, Haskins James may be able to help. Our Midvale visitation attorneys understand the intricacies of Utah law as it applies to parent-time, child custody, and divorce. We also know how important this matter is to you and your child, and that is why we work closely with our clients to ensure we fully understand their needs and goals. When you choose our firm, you can rest assured that we will be there for you – every single step of the way.

Call (801) 850-0155 or contact our firm online for a free review of your parent-time matter. From our office in Midvale, we serve clients across Sandy, South Jordan, West Jordan, West Valley City, and the surrounding areas.

How is a Utah Parent-Time Schedule Established?

Ideally, parents can reach their own arrangement and agreement regarding parent-time, as this will take into account their unique schedules, needs, and preferences that Utah Standard Visitation Code may not consider. If this agreement is signed and notarized, it can be included as a part of a final divorce decree.

How do the Utah Family Courts Determine Parent-Time?

If parents cannot reach a parent-time agreement, the court will decide upon the matter based on:

  1. Applicable Utah visitation state laws
  2. What is “appropriate” and in the children’s best interests
  3. Any other factors the court deems relevant
  4. Additional considerations, if one or both parents are servicemembers

How Age of a Child Affects Parent-Time Schedules in UT

Utah visitation code is quite specific when it comes to parent-time schedules, based on the age of the child or children.

  • Younger children typically have visitation periods of shorter duration, with overnight visits typically beginning at 12 months of age.
  • Virtual parent-time may also be allowed, by way of phone calls, video chat, or another appropriate virtual contact.

These schedules can be modified based on the child’s specific needs, but once an order has been issued, a permanent change can only be allowed if a petition to modify parent-time is filed and approved by the court. Additionally, a parent must notify the other parent of any extended parent-time or vacation time at least 30 days in advance of the change.

Can a Child Refuse Visitation in Utah?

In short, no the child cannot alter or refuse visitation. The courts will consider a child's wishes with regards to custody and visitation once they are mature enough to express reasoned preferences, which for the state of Utah is 14 years of age. This does not mean that the court will blindly agree with whatever the child's preferences are; however, they will be give more weight in the visitation decision.

Utah Minimum Standard Parent-Time Schedule

Utah has a legal minimum amount of parent-time schedule for children from 5 years old to 18 years old. The Utah standard visitation law under Section 30-3-35 is as follows:

If the parents cannot come to an agreed-upon Utah parent-time and visitation schedule, the non-custodial parent will be entitled to the minimum schedule of:

  • One weekday evening
  • Alternating weekends
  • Alternating holidays

Utah Visitation Lawyers Serving Midvale & Beyond

As a parent, you want to protect your relationship with your child, and this often boils down to the time you spend with him or her. Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent, our Midvale parent time lawyers can help you make informed choices and take the right steps toward creating, enforcing, or modifying court orders that apply to visitation or custody in Utah.

Whether you are going through a divorce process, dealing with a paternity rights issue, or even grandparent visitation rights, our knowledgeable professionals can protect your interests. We can also help you understand Utah's custody laws for unmarried parents seeking to establish visitation schedules.

Contact us today to find out more about our parent-time & Utah standard visitation rights services and how our family law team can help you.

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