Christmas Parent-time in 2019
In 2019 the noncustodial parent gets the first half of the Christmas school vacation, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It lasts until 1 p.m. on the day halfway through the holiday (if there are an odd number of days) or 7 p.m. (if there are an even number of days) so long as the entire holiday period is equally divided. The custodial parent gets the second half of the school break.
If you have one child Christmas parent-time begins the evening the child is released from school until the evening before the child returns to school. If you have multiple children on different schedules then the kids should remain together for the holiday period beginning the first evening all children’s schools are let out for the holiday and ending the evening before any child returns to school.
Most Utah schools release kids for winter break on December 20 and children return to class January 6. In that case you would exchange the child(ren) December 28 at 1pm. However some schools resume class January 2 in which case you would exchange the child(ren) December 26 at 1pm.
Different rules may apply if you live 150 miles or more apart or have children under age 5. (Under the standard out-of-state schedule the custodial parent gets the winter school break in odd-numbered years like 2019). Also, not every order follows the standard holiday schedule and if your order contains different rules then you should follow the specific rules in your court order. (For example, some parents might agree to exchange their kids on Christmas day itself).
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