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Creating a child visitation schedule in the State of Utah can be made easier by becoming familiar with the family law of the state.
The laws pertaining to child custody and visitation can be found in the Utah Code, Title 30, Husband and Wife, Chapter 3, Divorce.
The law explains the different types of custody, details what to include in a parenting plan, (including the child visitation schedule), outlines the criteria the court uses when making custody rulings, and defines some of the terminology used by the courts.
By studying some of the key points in the legislation, you will develop a better understanding of what to expect from the court and what the court expects from you. This will give you an advantage when creating your child visitation schedule.
As long as there are no extenuating circumstances that would require protecting the child from a parent, such as abuse, neglect, or domestic violence, the State of Utah has minimum standards for visitation schedules that must be complied with if parents are unable to agree on a schedule.
The minimum amount of parenting time the non-custodial parent and a child (age five to eighteen) are entitled to consists of the following (30-3-35):
The State of Utah does not presume to have a preference as to the type of custody parents have.
Parents will be awarded either joint custody, sole custody, or no custody, based upon an examination of the facts in the case.
The State of Utah considers all factors related to the best interest of a child (30-3-10.2.5) when ruling on custody cases.
Some of the factors the court considers are:
No. If you are able to work together with the other parent and agree on a schedule, you are free to create a child visitation schedule that is more tailored to the needs of your child.
Depending on your situation, you may feel that the minimum visitation schedule may not be what is in the best interests of your child, and that the child needs to have a more equitable amount of time with each parent.
When you are able work together and cooperate to create a child visitation schedule that meets your child's specific needs, you can submit it to the court for approval.
As long as your schedule provides the child with at least the minimum amount of time with each parent, and serves the best interest of the child, it should be accepted by the court.
If the court rejects your child visitation schedule because it does not meet the court's requirements, you may be given the option of modifying the schedule to appease the court.
If you are unable you reach an agreement with the other parent, despite all efforts, including mediation, the minimum standard schedule will be ordered.
You can choose to have a joint custody schedule if it is best for your child. When parents share physical custody of the child, it is called physical joint custody. The guidelines for physical joint custody are found in Chapter 30-3-10.1. In Utah, physical joint custody:
If you are considering whether or not a joint custody schedule will work for your family, you should make sure both of you are able to provide physical care for your child.
You will also have to be are able to cooperate with each other and be able to encourage your child to have a relationship with both parents if it is going to work.
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