Visitation Rights Attorney in Utah
Visitation rights, or “Parent-time” as more commonly stated in the family law sphere can come in many different forms. First, it is important to understand that parent-time is a reference to how much time the non-custodial parent spends with a child.
Types of Physical Custody
Primary physical custody: A parent will have primary physical custody, also called sole physical custody, when their parent-time limits the other parent to 110 nights or less a year.
Joint physical custody: Parents will be considered to have joint physical custody if the children spend more than 110 nights a year with each parent.
New Parent-time Statute and Other Visitation Laws
The Utah State Legislature passed new parent-time statute, Utah Code Ann. §30-3-35.1, that has been effective since May 12, 2015. The Courts are trending to favor using this statute. Other visitation rights statutes include:
- Utah Code Annotated §30-3-35 Parent Time for Children 5 – 18 years of age.
- Utah Code Annotated §30-3-35.5 Parent Time for Children under 5 years of age.
- Utah Code Annotated §30-3-33 Advisory Parent Time Guidelines.