Memorial Day Parent-time in 2020
The Memorial Day holiday weekend goes to the noncustodial parent under the standard parent-time schedule in Utah Code 30-3-35.
For children ages 5 and up, the holiday encompasses the Memorial Day weekend beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday until 7 p.m. on Monday unless the holiday extends for a lengthier period of time to which the noncustodial parent is completely entitled. Special rules may apply to children under 5 years of age which are outlined in Utah Code 30-3-35.5.
If you are following the expanded parent-time schedule in Utah Code 30-3-35.1, the noncustodial parent may keep the child(ren) overnight Monday. These rules are based on the standard holiday provisions of Utah Code 30-3-35. Not every court order follows those provisions and if your order states something different then you should follow what is in your order.
Many parents ask whether they are allowed to travel with their children during the COVID-19 pandemic? Generally unless your court order prohibits this or there are local health directives in effect restricting travel, you can do whatever you would do over a Memorial Day holiday in other years. Certainly you should follow appropriate social distancing measures, the guidance of healthcare professionals, and any local laws in effect where you live or are traveling regarding what you can and cannot do during this time.
Some parents want to know if they can refuse their co-parent access to the children over the Memorial Day because of COVID-19. Generally you cannot and parents are expected to follow all the existing orders in their case. If a parent believes their co-parent is going to recklessly endanger their children’s safety then they can apply for an emergency order to address the situation.
Are you getting the holiday weekend parent-time you are entitled to? Do you have questions about how holidays work? If so give us a call at 855-254-2600.