It is a modern myth that a parent who has sole legal and physical custody of a child has all parental rights and the “noncustodial” parent has no parental rights. Wrong answer. For Utah policy on parent-time, see

Under Utah law, the minimum “parent-time” (no longer called visitation, because a noncustodial parent doesn’t just visit their child/ren, but parents them during the time they spend with the noncustodial parent), provides (generally) for the noncustodial parent-time to be every other weekend, every other holiday, 1/2 the winter vacationbreak and 4 weeks in the summer.

In Utah, for children 5 and older, see

In Utah, for children younger than 5, see In Utah, for parents who live further than moving 150 miles or more from the residence specified in the Utah court’s decree, see

For Utah advisory guidelines suggested to govern all parent-time arrangements between parents (which are often adopted as the law of the case in divorce decrees and are no longer “advisory” but required), see

“When parent-time has not taken place for an extended period of time and the child lacks an appropriate bond with the noncustodial parent,” there may be a basis in the law for a gradual reintroduction rather than just jumping into a normal parent-time visitation schedule. How to proceed in these situations would best be determined by counseling with a lawyer experienced in these kinds of family law matters.

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