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S.B. 12 Enrolled






Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill changes the requirement that the noncustodial parent be required to transport
                  children for parent-time visits and leaves it to the discretion of the court.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    removes the requirement that the noncustodial parent pick up and return a child for
                  parent-time visits; and
                      .    gives the court discretion to require both parents to participate in the transportation
                  of a child for parent-time visits.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:
                      30-3-33, as last amended by Chapter 255, Laws of Utah 2001
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 30-3-33 is amended to read:
                       30-3-33. Advisory guidelines.
                      In addition to the parent-time schedules provided in Sections 30-3-35 and 30-3-35.5 ,
                  advisory guidelines are suggested to govern all parent-time arrangements between parents.

                  These advisory guidelines include:
                      (1) parent-time schedules mutually agreed upon by both parents are preferable to a
                  court-imposed solution;
                      (2) the parent-time schedule shall be utilized to maximize the continuity and stability of
                  the child's life;
                      (3) special consideration shall be given by each parent to make the child available to
                  attend family functions including funerals, weddings, family reunions, religious holidays, important
                  ceremonies, and other significant events in the life of the child or in the life of either parent which
                  may inadvertently conflict with the parent-time schedule;
                      (4) [the noncustodial parent shall pick up the child at the times specified and return the
                  child at the times specified, and the child's regular school hours shall not be interrupted] the
                  responsibility for the pick up, delivery, and return of the child shall be determined by the court
                  when the parent-time order is entered, and may be changed at any time a subsequent modification
                  is made to the parent-time order;
                      (5) if the noncustodial parent will be providing transportation, the custodial parent shall
                  have the child ready for parent-time at the time [he] the child is to be picked up and shall be
                  present at the custodial home or shall make reasonable alternate arrangements to receive the child
                  at the time [he] the child is returned;
                      (6) if the custodial parent will be transporting the child, the noncustodial parent shall be at
                  the appointed place at the time the noncustodial parent is to receive the child, and have the child
                  ready to be picked up at the appointed time and place, or have made reasonable alternate
                  arrangements for the custodial parent to pick up the child;
                      (7) regular school hours may not be interrupted for a school-age child for the exercise of
                  parent-time by either parent;
                      [(6)] (8) the court may make alterations in the parent-time schedule to reasonably
                  accommodate the work schedule of both parents and may increase the parent-time allowed to the
                  noncustodial parent but shall not diminish the standardized parent-time provided in Sections
                  30-3-35 and 30-3-35.5 ;

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                      [(7)] (9) the court may make alterations in the parent-time schedule to reasonably
                  accommodate the distance between the parties and the expense of exercising parent-time;
                      [(8)] (10) neither parent-time nor child support is to be withheld due to either parent's
                  failure to comply with a court-ordered parent-time schedule;
                      [(9)] (11) the custodial parent shall notify the noncustodial parent within 24 hours of
                  receiving notice of all significant school, social, sports, and community functions in which the
                  child is participating or being honored, and the noncustodial parent shall be entitled to attend and
                  participate fully;
                      [(10)] (12) the noncustodial parent shall have access directly to all school reports
                  including preschool and daycare reports and medical records and shall be notified immediately by
                  the custodial parent in the event of a medical emergency;
                      [(11)] (13) each parent shall provide the other with his current address and telephone
                  number within 24 hours of any change;
                      [(12)] (14) each parent shall permit and encourage liberal telephone contact during
                  reasonable hours and uncensored mail privileges with the child;
                      [(13)] (15) parental care shall be presumed to be better care for the child than surrogate
                  care and the court shall encourage the parties to cooperate in allowing the noncustodial parent, if
                  willing and able, to provide child care;
                      [(14)] (16) each parent shall provide all surrogate care providers with the name, current
                  address, and telephone number of the other parent and shall provide the noncustodial parent with
                  the name, current address, and telephone number of all surrogate care providers unless the court
                  for good cause orders otherwise; and
                      [(15)] (17) each parent shall be entitled to an equal division of major religious holidays
                  celebrated by the parents, and the parent who celebrates a religious holiday that the other parent
                  does not celebrate shall have the right to be together with the child on the religious holiday.

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