Veterans Day Parent-time in 2018
In even-numbered years (2018), the Veterans Day holiday (Sunday, November 11) goes to custodial parents under the state holiday code. The Utah Code defines the “Veterans Day” holiday as “beginning 6 p.m. the day before the holiday until 7 p.m. on the holiday.”
Sounds simple right? Not so fast. Another section of the Utah Code states “If a holiday falls on a weekend or on a Friday or Monday and the total holiday period extends beyond that time so that the child is free from school and the parent is free from work, the noncustodial parent shall be entitled to this lengthier holiday period.” Another section of the Utah Code states “the custodial parent is entitled to the odd year holidays in even years and the even year holidays in odd years” in which case the custodial parent is arguably entitled to receive the entire holiday weekend if “the child is free from school and the parent is free from work.”
Bear in mind this applies to the standard Utah holiday schedule for children ages 5 and up. If you have children under age 5 or if you are operating under the out-of-state parent-time schedule then different rules may apply. Also not every custody order follows the standard Utah holiday statute and if your order states something different then you should follow your order. If you have questions about how Utah holidays work for divorced and separated parents then give us a call at 855-254-2600.