Salt Lake City Visitation/Parent Time Attorney
Maintaining the Parent-Child Relationship
In most situations, children are best served by spending time with both of their parents. Unless there are concerns about parental fitness or ability to care for the child, the court will award parent time (visitation) to the noncustodial parent.
In Utah, child custody and parent time are determined by what is in the best interests of the child. Parents will write a parenting plan that specifies how they will share responsibility for child rearing, including how parent time will be allotted. At Stavros Law, P.C., our attorneys can help you write a parenting plan that makes sense for your family and protects the rights of your children. To schedule a free consultation, please call 801-428-0719 or contact us online.
Parent Time in Utah
The standard schedule of minimum parent time for the noncustodial parent includes three hours on a weeknight, alternating holidays, half of the child's summer vacation and alternating weekends. Typically, this schedule is used by the court when parents cannot agree on a parent time schedule.
Parents are encouraged to create a parent time schedule that meets their family's unique needs. The court generally approves schedules as long as they are in the best interests of the children. You may want a family law attorney to assist you with the creation of your parent time schedule. We can ensure your rights and the rights of your children are protected. In addition, we are skilled negotiators who can argue for your position when necessary.
If a parent does not follow the court-ordered parent time schedule, we can file a motion to find that parent in contempt of court. You cannot withhold parent time from a parent who is not paying court-ordered child support, however.
The parent time schedule may be modified if the needs and circumstances of the children or parents change significantly. We can represent you if you are seeking or contesting modification.
Salt Lake City Visitation/Parent Time Lawyer
For a free consultation, please call our Salt Lake City office at 801-428-0719.