Child Custody Attorney in Salt Lake City
Protecting Your Parental Rights in Utah
Issues pertaining to child custody are some of the most difficult legal
matters most parents will ever face after a
divorce. Understandably, the thought of spending less time with your children
is likely an uneasy one. However, with skilled legal guidance, you can
navigate the complexities of this emotionally taxing experience and ensure
your parental rights are protected. At Full Circle Family Law in Salt
Lake City, our compassionate team will guide you through every step of
this process with clarity and skill. With us on your side, you can feel
certain your children’s best interests will be represented.
Call our law office today at
(801) 658-9895 to discuss the details of your case during a free 30-minute consultation
with our knowledgeable attorney.
What Makes a Parent Unfit in Utah?
A court may terminate a parents right for custody if they are deemed to
be unfit. A parent may be seen as unfit if:
- They are suffering from a mental disorder that prohibits them from carrying
out their role as parent
- They have a history of alcohol or substance abuse
- There is a history of violent behavior
- There is current or past abuse towards the child whether it be emotionally,
physically, or sexually
- The living environment they have for the child is unsafe
How is Child Custody Determined in Utah?
When rendering a child custody decision, the judge on your case will examine
numerous factors to determine which arrangement serves the best interests
of the children.
Below are some of the factors a judge will consider in such cases:
- The wishes of each parent
- The relationship the children have with their parents, extended family
members, and others who may have a substantial impact on the children
- The ability of each parent to provide a stable home environment for the children
- The children’s adjustment to their community, home, and school
- Depending on the maturity of the children, their preferences may be considered
- A history of substance abuse or violence
- Any other relevant factors that may affect the children
Joint Custody and Sole Custody
There are two elements involved in child custody – physical custody
and legal custody. Legal custody refers to the decision-making rights
of a parent, such as those pertaining to education, religion, and health.
Physical custody refers to where the children will reside or spend the
majority of their time. Generally, family courts believe joint legal custody
serves the best interests of the children, though they may award one parent
with sole physical custody, making him or her the custodial parent. The
non-custodial parent will receive parent time to ensure the children continue
to maintain a relationship with both parents. If the court finds evidence
that a child would be subject to physical or emotional harm, parent time
will be supervised to ensure the children’s safety.
What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With in Utah?
If the court feels that the child is mature enough (usually at least 14
years of age) they may consider granting the child's wishes for custody
preferences. This may also include visitation refusal. However, the court
will always make a decision based on what is in the best interests of
Reach Out to Our Compassionate Family Law Team for a Consultation Today!
If you are facing a child custody dispute, it is crucial to hire skilled
legal representation to guide you through the process and protect your
rights as a parent. At Full Circle Family Law in Salt Lake City, our experienced
team has the insight, knowledge, and compassion to get you through this
trying situation. We are familiar with the difficulties you and your family
are facing and will provide the support you need to reach the most effective
and efficient solution.
Get started on your child custody case and contact our law office at
(801) 658-9895 to set up a consultation with our trusted attorney.