Provo Parent Time Lawyer
When parents get divorced the fallout comes down hardest on the children. Courts do their best to implement an arrangement that will be in the best interests of the children and they do that by establishing a parenting plan.
Parties to a divorce are encouraged to put together their own parenting plan. When parties work together it is usually best for the children because parties tend to be more generous with each other and tend to get along better when they work together to set a schedule. It also provides consistency and stability to the children when the parents are able to work well together to implement a parenting plan.
Call our Provo family law attorneys for help putting together our parenting plan. We’ll give you the legal advice you need to avoid problems in the future and make a stable environment for your children.
Minimum Visitation Schedules by Statute
Sometimes parents can’t work things out, generally because they’ve had a very contentious relationship and simply can’t get together on the same page. The contention creates problems for the kids. Parents, however, have a fundamental right to be with their children and contention between parents cannot be allowed to interfere with those rights. For that reason, Utah statutory law provides minimum visitation schedules for noncustodial parents.
The basic minimum schedule applies to children between 5 and 18 years old. That schedule permits the noncustodial parent to have one weekday, usually Wednesdays, for three hours in the evening, and every other weekend from Friday after school until Sunday at 7 p.m. and if school is not in session from Friday at 9 a.m. to Sunday at 7 p.m. Utah statutory law also provides minimum scheduled for younger children. The older a child gets the more time the noncustodial parent gets.
The great thing about how the law is set up is that it gives parents the option to arrange their own parenting plan so that neither parent feels forced into any particular schedule. Call us 24/7 to get going on your parenting plan at 801.800.8247.