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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions governing the relocation of a custodial parent with a minor
10 child or children.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . requires the court to hold a hearing if a motion is filed by noncustodial parent when
14 the custodial parent intends to relocate more than 150 miles or more from the
15 residence specified in the court decree;
16 . requires the court to determine that a move of more than 150 miles is in the best
17 interest of the child; and
18 . allows the court to modify custody arrangements if a custodial parent decides to
19 move more than 150 miles when the court has determined that the move is not in
20 the best interest of the child.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 30-3-37, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 228
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 30-3-37 is amended to read:
31 30-3-37. Relocation.
32 (1) For purposes of this section, "relocation" means moving 150 miles or more from
33 the residence specified in the court's decree.
34 (2) The relocating parent shall provide, if possible, 60 days advance written notice of
35 the intended relocation to the other parent. The written notice of relocation shall contain
36 statements affirming the following:
37 (a) the parent-time provisions in Subsection (5) or a schedule approved by both parties
38 will be followed; and
39 (b) neither parent will interfere with the other's parental rights pursuant to court
40 ordered parent-time arrangements, or the schedule approved by both parties.
41 (3) The court [
42 schedule a hearing with notice to review the notice of relocation and parent-time schedule as
43 provided in Section 30-3-35 and make appropriate orders regarding the parent-time and costs
44 for parent-time transportation.
45 (4) [
46 determine if the relocation of a custodial parent is in the best interest of the child. If the court
47 determines that relocation is not in the best interest of the child, and the custodial parent
48 relocates, the court may order a change of custody.
49 (5) If the court finds that the relocation is in the best interest of the child, the court shall
50 determine the parent-time schedule and [
51 will be incurred for the child to visit the noncustodial parent. In making its determination,
52 court shall consider:
53 (a) the reason for the parent's relocation;
54 (b) the additional costs or difficulty to both parents in exercising parent-time;
55 (c) the economic resources of both parents; and
56 (d) other factors the court considers necessary and relevant.
58 Subsection (1), of one of the parties the following schedule shall be the minimum requirements
59 for parent-time with a school-age child:
60 (a) in years ending in an odd number, the child shall spend the following holidays with
61 the noncustodial parent:
62 (i) Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday until Sunday; and
63 (ii) Spring break, if applicable, beginning the last day of school before the holiday until
64 the day before school resumes;
65 (b) in years ending in an even number, the child shall spend the following holidays
66 with the noncustodial parent:
67 (i) the entire winter school break period; and
68 (ii) the Fall school break beginning the last day of school before the holiday until the
69 day before school resumes;
70 (c) extended parent-time equal to 1/2 of the summer or off-track time for consecutive
71 weeks. The children should be returned to the custodial home no later than seven days before
72 school begins; however, this week shall be counted when determining the amount of
73 parent-time to be divided between the parents for the summer or off-track period; and
74 (d) one weekend per month, at the option and expense of the noncustodial parent.
76 following restrictions.
77 (a) If the noncustodial parent has not designated a specific weekend for parent-time,
78 the noncustodial parent shall receive the last weekend of each month unless a holiday assigned
79 to the custodial parent falls on that particular weekend. If a holiday assigned to the custodial
80 parent falls on the last weekend of the month, the noncustodial parent shall be entitled to the
81 next to the last weekend of the month.
82 (b) If a noncustodial parent's extended parent-time or parent-time over a holiday
83 extends into or through the first weekend of the next month, that weekend shall be considered
84 the noncustodial parent's monthly weekend entitlement for that month.
85 (c) If a child is out of school for teacher development days or snow days after the
86 children begin the school year, or other days not included in the list of holidays in Subsection
88 parent-time, those days shall be included in the weekend parent-time.
90 the noncustodial parent.
92 parent-time for the noncustodial parent during the school year, the court should consider
93 awarding more time for the noncustodial parent during the summer time if it is in the best
94 interests of the children.
96 with the noncustodial parent for a minimum of 30 days during extended parent-time, unless the
97 court finds it is not in the best interests of the child. If the court orders uninterrupted
98 parent-time during a period not covered by this section, it shall specify in its order which parent
99 is responsible for the child's travel expenses.
101 responsible for all the child's travel expenses relating to Subsections [
102 of the child's travel expenses relating to Subsection [
103 parent is current on all support obligations. If the noncustodial parent has been found in
104 contempt for not being current on all support obligations, the noncustodial parent shall be
105 responsible for all of the child's travel expenses under Subsection [
106 rules otherwise. Reimbursement by either responsible party to the other for the child's travel
107 expenses shall be made within 30 days of receipt of documents detailing those expenses.
111 shall be in contempt of the court's order.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-9-12 8:23 AM