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S.B. 12






Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill changes the requirement that the noncustodial parent be required to transport
             10      children for parent-time visits and leaves it to the discretion of the court.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    removes the requirement that the noncustodial parent pick up and return a child for
             14      parent-time visits; and
             15          .    gives the court discretion to require both parents to participate in the transportation
             16      of a child for parent-time visits.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          30-3-33, as last amended by Chapter 255, Laws of Utah 2001
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 30-3-33 is amended to read:
             27           30-3-33. Advisory guidelines.

             28          In addition to the parent-time schedules provided in Sections 30-3-35 and 30-3-35.5 ,
             29      advisory guidelines are suggested to govern all parent-time arrangements between parents.
             30      These advisory guidelines include:
             31          (1) parent-time schedules mutually agreed upon by both parents are preferable to a
             32      court-imposed solution;
             33          (2) the parent-time schedule shall be utilized to maximize the continuity and stability
             34      of the child's life;
             35          (3) special consideration shall be given by each parent to make the child available to
             36      attend family functions including funerals, weddings, family reunions, religious holidays,
             37      important ceremonies, and other significant events in the life of the child or in the life of either
             38      parent which may inadvertently conflict with the parent-time schedule;
             39          (4) [the noncustodial parent shall pick up the child at the times specified and return the
             40      child at the times specified, and the child's regular school hours shall not be interrupted] the
             41      responsibility for the pick up, delivery, and return of the child shall be determined by the court
             42      at the time the parent-time order is entered, and the child's regular school hours shall not be
             43      interrupted;
             44          (5) if the noncustodial parent will be providing transportation, the custodial parent
             45      shall have the child ready for parent-time at the time [he] the child is to be picked up and shall
             46      be present at the custodial home or shall make reasonable alternate arrangements to receive the
             47      child at the time [he] the child is returned;
             48          (6) if the custodial parent will be transporting the child, the noncustodial parent shall
             49      be at the appointed place at the time the noncustodial parent is to receive the child, and have
             50      the child ready to be picked up at the appointed time and place, or have made reasonable
             51      alternate arrangements for the custodial parent to pick up the child;
             52          [(6)] (7) the court may make alterations in the parent-time schedule to reasonably
             53      accommodate the work schedule of both parents and may increase the parent-time allowed to
             54      the noncustodial parent but shall not diminish the standardized parent-time provided in
             55      Sections 30-3-35 and 30-3-35.5 ;
             56          [(7)] (8) the court may make alterations in the parent-time schedule to reasonably
             57      accommodate the distance between the parties and the expense of exercising parent-time;
             58          [(8)] (9) neither parent-time nor child support is to be withheld due to either parent's

             59      failure to comply with a court-ordered parent-time schedule;
             60          [(9)] (10) the custodial parent shall notify the noncustodial parent within 24 hours of
             61      receiving notice of all significant school, social, sports, and community functions in which the
             62      child is participating or being honored, and the noncustodial parent shall be entitled to attend
             63      and participate fully;
             64          [(10)] (11) the noncustodial parent shall have access directly to all school reports
             65      including preschool and daycare reports and medical records and shall be notified immediately
             66      by the custodial parent in the event of a medical emergency;
             67          [(11)] (12) each parent shall provide the other with his current address and telephone
             68      number within 24 hours of any change;
             69          [(12)] (13) each parent shall permit and encourage liberal telephone contact during
             70      reasonable hours and uncensored mail privileges with the child;
             71          [(13)] (14) parental care shall be presumed to be better care for the child than surrogate
             72      care and the court shall encourage the parties to cooperate in allowing the noncustodial parent,
             73      if willing and able, to provide child care;
             74          [(14)] (15) each parent shall provide all surrogate care providers with the name, current
             75      address, and telephone number of the other parent and shall provide the noncustodial parent
             76      with the name, current address, and telephone number of all surrogate care providers unless the
             77      court for good cause orders otherwise; and
             78          [(15)] (16) each parent shall be entitled to an equal division of major religious holidays
             79      celebrated by the parents, and the parent who celebrates a religious holiday that the other parent
             80      does not celebrate shall have the right to be together with the child on the religious holiday.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-20-03 10:05 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-10-03 11:10 AM

The Judiciary Interim Committee recommended this bill.

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