Second Substitute H.B. 201
This document includes Senate 2nd and 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM by lpoole. -->
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to supervised parent-time.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . defines supervised parent-time;
13 . describes the conditions under which a court can order supervised parent-time;
14 . creates a process for selecting persons to supervise parent-time; and
15 . allows the supervised parent to petition the court for unsupervised parent-time.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 30-3-32 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 3 and 146
24 30-3-34.5 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 30-3-32 is amended to read:
28 30-3-32. Parent-time -- Intent -- Policy -- Definitions.
29 (1) It is the intent of the Legislature to promote parent-time at a level consistent with
30 all parties' interests.
31 (2) (a) A court shall consider as primary the safety and well-being of the child and the
32 parent who [
33 (b) Absent a showing by a preponderance of evidence of real harm or substantiated
34 potential harm to the child:
35 (i) it is in the best interests of the child of divorcing, divorced, or adjudicated parents to
36 have frequent, meaningful, and continuing access to each parent following separation or
38 (ii) each divorcing, separating, or adjudicated parent is entitled to and responsible for
39 frequent, meaningful, and continuing access with his child consistent with the child's best
40 interests; and
41 (iii) it is in the best interests of the child to have both parents actively involved in
42 parenting the child.
43 (c) An order issued by a court pursuant to Title 78B, Chapter 7, Part 1, Cohabitant
44 Abuse Act, shall be considered evidence of real harm or substantiated potential harm to the
46 (3) For purposes of Sections 30-3-32 through 30-3-37 :
47 (a) "Child" means the child or children of divorcing, separating, or adjudicated parents.
48 (b) "Christmas school vacation" means the time period beginning on the evening the
49 child gets out of school for the Christmas or winter school break until the evening before the
50 child returns to school.
51 (c) "Extended parent-time" means a period of parent-time other than a weekend,
52 holiday as provided in Subsections 30-3-35 (2)(f) and (2)(g), religious holidays as provided in
53 Subsections 30-3-33 (3) and (17), and "Christmas school vacation."
54 (d) "Supervised parent-time" means parent-time that requires the noncustodial parent to
55 be accompanied during parent-time by an individual approved by the court.
59 interruption at any time by the presence of the other parent.
61 email, instant messaging, video conferencing, and other wired or wireless technologies over the
62 Internet or other communication media to supplement in-person visits between a noncustodial
63 parent and a child or between a child and the custodial parent when the child is staying with the
64 noncustodial parent. Virtual parent-time is designed to supplement, not replace, in-person
66 (4) If a parent relocates because of an act of domestic violence or family violence by
67 the other parent, the court shall make specific findings and orders with regards to the
68 application of Section 30-3-37 .
69 Section 2. Section 30-3-34.5 is enacted to read:
70 30-3-34.5. Supervised parent-time.
71 (1) S. [
71a is the policy of this state that divorcing parents have unrestricted and
72 unsupervised access to their children S. [
72a and no less
73 restrictive means is reasonably available S. however .S , a court may order supervised
73a parent-time if the court
74 finds evidence that the child would be subject to physical, S. [
74a harm or
75 child abuse, as described in Section 76-5-109 , from the noncustodial parent if left unsupervised
76 with the noncustodial parent.
77 (2) A court that orders supervised parent-time shall give preference to persons
78 suggested by the parties to supervise, including relatives. If the court finds that the persons
79 suggested by the parties are willing to supervise, and are capable of protecting the children
80 from physical, S. [
81 persons to supervise parent-time.
82 (3) If the court is unable to authorize any persons to supervise parent-time pursuant to
83 Subsection (2), the court may require that the noncustodial parent seek the services of a
84 professional individual or agency to exercise their supervised parent-time.
85 (4) At the time supervised parent-time is S. [
86 (a) whether the cost of professional or agency services is likely to prevent the
87 noncustodial parent from exercising parent-time; and
88 (b) whether the requirement for supervised parent-time should expire after a set period
89 of time.
90 (5) The court shall, in its order for supervised parent-time, provide specific goals and
91 expectations for the noncustodial parent to accomplish before unsupervised parent-time may be
92 granted. The court shall schedule one or more follow-up hearings to revisit the issue of
93 supervised parent-time.
94 (6) A noncustodial parent may, at any time, petition the court to modify the order for
95 supervised parent-time if the noncustodial parent can demonstrate that the specific goals and
96 expectations set by the court in Subsection (5) have been accomplished.
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