2020 Changes to Fall Break parent-time in Utah Code

When the fall school break parent-time period begins was a common question that the Utah State legislature addressed in the 2020 legislative session by making a clarifying change to the code.

That change is found in Utah Code § 30-3-35(2)(f). The Code used to provide that “the fall school break, if applicable, commonly known as U.E.A. weekend” began at 6 p.m. on Wednesday until 7 p.m. on Sunday “unless the holiday extends for a lengthier period of time to which the noncustodial parent is completely entitled”.

Now the revised provision for Fall Break provides that the fall school break begins “at 6 p.m. on the day that school lets out for the holiday until 7 p.m. on the evening before school resumes.” The legislature also included a provision that if the divorced couple has more than one child and the multiple children’s school schedules vary for purpose of a holiday, then at the option of the parent exercising the holiday, the children may remain together for the holiday period beginning the first evening that all children’s schools are let out for the holiday and ending the evening before any child returns to school.

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