Child Custody in Utah
Going through a divorce can be challenging enough, but when children are involved, the stakes are even higher. We want to assure you that we will work hard to ensure the best outcome for you and your children.
Our aim is to give you the knowledge and support you need to make informed decisions as you undergo divorce and the issue of child custody.
Two Types of Custody
When it comes to child custody, there are two key components: "legal decision-making" and "physical custody." Legal decision-making gives a parent the power to make crucial choices about your kids' lives and upbringing, such as education, religion, and healthcare. Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to the time children spend with each parent.
The state of Utah strives for joint legal decision-making, meaning both parents have equal responsibility for making decisions that will affect their children's lives. However, in some cases, one parent may be awarded sole legal decision-making. And the same applies to physical custody, which can be shared or awarded to one parent depending on the case.
Factors Considered by the Court in Child Custody Cases
The court considers several factors when making a decision about child custody. These factors include:
The child's relationship with each parent
The child's preferences, if they are of a sufficient age and maturity
The ability of each parent to provide a stable and safe environment for the child
Any history of domestic violence or abuse
The ability of each parent to cooperate and make joint decisions about the child's welfare
The Child Custody Process in Utah
To determine child custody, the process begins with filing a petition in the appropriate court. This can be done by either parent, a legal guardian, or a government agency. The court will then consider all evidence presented by both parties and make a decision based on the best interests of the child.
If the parents can't agree on custody, the court may appoint a mediator to help reach a decision. If mediation doesn't work, the case may go to trial, where the judge will make a final determination.
No matter what happens in the legal process, it's important to remember that the court's ultimate goal is to do what's best for the child. As a parent, you should keep that top of mind and focus on making decisions that will give your children the best possible future.
If you're going through a child custody case in Utah, it's essential to have the right legal representation. Sierra is a court-approved Private Guardian Ad Litem, which means she has years of experience working with and advocating for children. You can rest assured that you and your kids are in good hands.
Child custody can be a challenging and emotional journey, but with the right information and support, you can make informed decisions and come out on the other side with a brighter future for your children.
Contact Lone Peak Law to learn more about your rights and how they can help you navigate the legal process.