Utah Child Custody and Parent Time

Kelly Peterson LawNavigating 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:

  • Which parent will encourage frequent and continuous contact with the child and the other parent.
  • The past conduct of both parents, including moral standards of parents.
  • The child’s relationship with both parents, individually and together.
  • Other information that is deemed relevant to the case.

Joint Custody in Utah

Utah court will normally consider joint physical or legal custody if both parents are currently engaged in a uniform parenting plan. The best interest of the child are the most important factor the courts will consider as they review joint custody. For joint custody to be awarded, Utah courts will focus on the following:

  • Geographical proximity between parents.
  • The parents’ abilities to place the needs of the child first when making decisions.
  • The wishes of the child if the child can express a reasonable preference (typically age 12 or older)
  • History of the parents relationship with the child including any cases of child abuse.
  • The maturity of both parents and their ability to avoid conflict with one another.

Our Salt Lake law firm focuses on providing effective legal services for our clients in need of counseling for their family law case. Our goal is to provide you with the best custody outcome for your child.

Modifying a Child Custody Agreement

Upon request, a Utah family court will modify or terminate a custody arrangement based on any of the following factors:

  • A change in custody arrangement will benefit the child and is in their best interests.
  • There has been substantial change of circumstances in the lives of one of the parents (remarriage is the most common reason).
  • Both parents have complied with the dispute resolution process before taking the case to court.

The Utah custody laws can be complex based on your individual circumstances. Contact Kelly Peterson Law for more information about your particular child custody arrangement.

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Experienced Divorce Lawyer Kelly Peterson handles child custody, visitation, paternity, grandparent rights and mediation cases.

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