In Utah, there is a specific statute laying out the guidelines for parenting time, or the time in which the parents can visit or have custody of the children. This applies to children between ages five and 18 years.
This is laid out in Utah State Statute 30-3-35. The court always prefers the parties to come to an agreement, but in the absence of a stipulation, there are certain rules. For example, one weekday evening, or Wednesday evening if not specified, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM will usually be required for the noncustodial parent. Also, the noncustodial parent should get one weekday from 9:00 AM until 8:30 PM while school is no longer in session.
The court also prefers alternating weekends from 6:00 PM on Friday until 7:00 PM on Sunday, continuing each year.
Also, a step-parent, grandparent, or other responsible adult designated by the noncustodial parent, may pick up the child.
There is also provision for holidays, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and the birthday of the child. If a holiday falls on a regular scheduled school day, the noncustodial parent will be responsible for the child’s attendance at school for that school day.
For years ending in an odd number, the noncustodial parent is usually entitled to visitation for the child’s birthday, Martin Luther King Day, Spring break, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Fall school break and Veterans Day. For Christmas, the first portion of the Christmas school vacation including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day continuing until 1 PM on the day halfway through the holiday.
There is also provisions for even-numbered years for the other parent.
Of course, Mother’s Day should be spent with the mother and Father’s day with the father, beginning 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM on the holiday.
The noncustodial parent shall also have up to four consecutive weeks of summer vacation.
And, there will always be telephone contact at reasonable hours and for reasonable durations. This could also be augmented by Skype visitations.
All in all, Utah State Statute 30-3-35 has very specific provisions all aimed at preventing disputes in divorce court.