Child Custody

South Jordan Child Custody Attorney: Protecting Your Parental Rights

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As one of the most important issues that must be settled in a divorce, child custody can be an emotionally charged dispute between parents. Unfortunately, this is not what is generally best for all parties concerned, including the children.

At Carr | Woodall, we can help you reach an agreement that is in the best interests of both you and your children. Should you and your spouse come to such an agreement outside of court, we can draft your agreement for the court’s approval. If the court’s intervention is required, our South Jordan child custody lawyers can ensure that you understand how they view this issue and can strongly advocate on your behalf while protecting your parental rights.

Understanding Child Custody Laws in Utah

Utah custody laws allow either parent to file a custody modification request if there has been a material change in circumstances affecting the child or parents or more than 3 years have passed since entry of the previous custody order.

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How Is Child Custody Decided by Utah Courts?

Utah’s stance on child custody is similar to other states, which is that custody arrangements should reflect the child’s best interests. Courts generally act on the principle that a child should have a continuing relationship with both parents unless some factor would advise against it.

To achieve an arrangement that is in the child’s best interests, courts will assess:

  • Each parent’s ability to care for the child
  • The history of each parent’s relationship with the child
  • How parental finances will affect the issue
  • Each parent’s desires on the matter
  • Each parent’s willingness to encourage contact and communication between the child and the other parent
  • How extended family relationships will be affected
  • Evidence of any past domestic abuse committed by either parent
  • The child’s preference if he or she is 14 or older

Utah courts do not give preference to either parent based on their gender. Joint custody is preferred where the child spends time with both parents and where both parents share responsibility for the child’s health care, education, religious upbringing, and other important matters.

Turn to Carr | Woodall for Your Legal Needs

Our family law firm is committed to providing trusted representation that will ease the legal process for you and your family. Let us apply our many years of experience and familiarity with this matter to your case.

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