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New Utah Law Expands Parent-Time Schedule

Several states are taking note of new legislation affecting family law, which offers an expanded parent- time schedule in favor of the non-custodial parent when the parents of minor children are involved in a divorce. The new law was sponsored in this year's legislative session by our very own Representative Lowry Snow. HB35 which has now been signed into law increases the minimum time children will spend with their non-custodial parent from 110 days to 145 days, a number that splits the time more evenly between both parents. This bill gives children more access to their non-custodial parent, a great benefit as indicated by research showing that children lead happier and healthier lives if both of their parents are actively involved with them. Because the minimum schedule of 110 days was becoming more of the standard than a minimum, advocates from the Family Section of the Utah State Bar and the National Parents Organization had been pushing for this change to the law. You can read more about this legislation in a recent Spectrum article here:

http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2015/05/18/new-law-gives-separated-parents-chance-time-kids/27563029/

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