Category: Custody & Visitation

How to Fight Fair in a Custody Case

As a divorced parent, being separated from your children can be a heartbreaking experience. When it comes to divorce, child custody disputes are often times a challenging and tricky aspect that both parents have to deal with. Court cases associated with divorce generally handle the child custody case, as well. So when you are preparing for the custody battle of your children, it is important to keep it in mind that may not be an equally fair fight. Below are some useful tips on how to properly represent yourself, and fight fair in your child custody case. Hire a Good…

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What Are My Visitation Rights?

Are you in the middle of a custody dispute? Dealing with the legal ramifications of child custody cases can be stressful, frustrating, and overwhelming. Our Salt Lake City Law Firm has experience handling a variety of legal cases and we can provide you with assistance related to your visitation rights. What is Parental Alienation? A number of people will suffer from parental alienation syndrome. The American Psychiatric Association doesn’t officially have a diagnosis for people dealing with parental alienation syndrome, but it is a condition that is notable for many people. What the APA recognizes it as is a relationship…

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Utah Child Custody and Parent Time

Navigating the custody laws in Utah can be challenging for many people. What criteria are used to determine child custody laws? Typically it is based on the best interests of the child. Parents seeking to file for child custody in Utah need to hire a good attorney to represent their legal parental rights. At Kelly Peterson Law we provide representation for child custody. Here are some tips for individuals or couples looking for an amicable resolution for their children. Determine the Best Interests of a Child When determining the best interest of a child, Utah courts consider the following factors:…

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Co-Parenting Issue: How to Deal With Child Visitation Refusals

There are a number of problems parents face after divorce, but one of the hardest is when a child refuses to leave for a scheduled visitation with the other parent. While the child may have a preference for one parent, legally, the other parent is entitled to time with the child based on the court’s ruling. Here are some things you can do to deal with this challenging situation and handle it with dignity: Ask questions. You need to talk to your child and look for the cause. Does your child want more time with you, or is there a…

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The 4 Types of Child Custody: What Utah Parents Need to Know

When Utah parents choose to separate or divorce, one of the most significant concerns for their entire family is the protection and care of any children involved in the case. Determining child custody can be a tedious, emotionally charged process that takes a toll on the parents and children. Fortunately, with the right legal guidance, determining child custody and managing parenting plans can be successful. As is the case with most family law matters involving children, the best interests of the children will be the most significant concern for the court as child custody is determined. The 4 Types of…

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Emergency Child Custody in Orem, Utah: What You Need to Know

For parents, one of the most important responsibilities in life is raising, protecting, and supporting their children. Even in the best of situations, there are circumstances that cause parents fear, stress, and grief. These emotions may be exacerbated when there is conflict between the parents, such as during a separation or divorce, or if one parent is exhibiting dangerous behaviors. In Utah family courts, the best interests of the child are the center of negotiations and orders. This is true in many aspects of family law, including in child custody matters. What Is Emergency Child Custody? One of the most…

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How Can I Make Sure That I Am Granted Custody of My Children in Utah?

You’re getting divorced and you have kids. No matter what went wrong in the marriage, your children are probably the first thing on your mind, as you start down the long road of legal proceedings. After a divorce, one of the most important issues that needs to be resolved is who gets custody of the children. Fortunately, the law says that custody issues are determined by what is in the best interest of the child. Therefore, earning custody of a child depends on how well a parent can establish that having custody will be beneficial for the child. You’re sure…

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What to Look for in a Provo Child Custody Lawyer

Your child custody case is definitely one of the most emotional experiences that you can go through. You may have made the mistake of trying to negotiate a compromise with the opposing party without legal counsel. It is time to correct this mistake – there is no such thing as an equitable solution without a full rendering of the law on your side. You can bet that the opposing side has lawyers who are looking to create the most problems for you. In order to level the playing field, you need a child custody lawyer on your side who understands…

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Orem Child Custody Attorney: When to Hire One

When should I hire an Orem child custody attorney? It is often difficult to know when a parent, grandparent, or guardian should hire a child custody lawyer. The purpose of the child custody hearing is to determine the best arrangement with the needs and interests of the child in mind. Advice from a child custody lawyer helps the parent to properly assess and present the facts relating to why he or she should retain or receive custody of the child. Questions relating to the engagement of an Orem child custody attorney include: What are the costs? Legal representation can be…

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How should I prepare for my Utah child custody evaluation?

Don’t Schedule Your Child Custody Evaluation Until You Read Our Eight Essentials:   1.  Remember this: The evaluator is not your friend and they are not on your side, even if you are the one requesting the evaluation. They are there to objectively evaluate both parents’ ability to provide the best living situation for the children.   2.  Be completely open and honest with the evaluator. These are trained professionals who know how to detect lying behaviors. If they believe you are lying or hiding something, it can negatively affect their report.   3.  Keep all your appointments with the evaluator…

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*Child Welfare Law Specialist Nat’l Assoc. of Counsel for Children