St. George Child Custody Lawyer
How Is Child Custody Determined in Utah?
If you need custody of your child, reach out to a St. George child custody attorney from Park Law Firm. We have more than 50 years of legal experience combined and are prepared to answer any questions you might have or even represent you.
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In cases where the court deems one parent unable or unfit to care for their children, it may be necessary for the other parent to have sole legal and sole physical custody of their children. Under these circumstances, the non-custodial parent is usually granted visitation time with the children. If the non-custodial parent had exhibited signs that may endanger the children, the court may order supervised visitation or no visitation at all. This is where Park Law Firm can step in.
About Custody in Utah
Joint legal and physical custody is an arrangement whereby the children live with both parents.
- Joint physical custody means the children live at least 111 nights a year in the home of each parent. A schedule is agreed upon by the two parties and both parents participate in making major decisions. Some of the joint decisions include where the children will be raised, what type of medical treatment they receive, what school they attend, and what religion (if any) the children will be raised in.
- Another arrangement may involve joint legal custody, but sole physical custody. Under these circumstances, children live with one parent over 225 nights per year. The other parent has visitation and shares in making important decisions regarding the welfare of the children.
- Another arrangement is called split custody. In these cases, each parent is awarded sole custody of at least one of the children while the other cares for additional children. Legal custody may or may not be shared by the non-custodial parent.
When the courts award both joint physical custody as well as joint legal custody, both parents can make legal decisions on behalf of the child. This includes decisions on the child’s education, medical and healthcare needs, and even religious upbringing. The courts can also choose to award joint legal, but sole physical custody.
There is an understanding that joint legal custody is in the child’s best interests, to ensure the child maintains a close relationship with both parents. However, that may not be possible in cases where there may have been domestic violence of the home, the child or parent has special needs that can make joint legal custody impossible, or even because both parents live far enough apart that making decisions together would not be practical.
Contact the St. George child custody attorneys at Park Law Firm to learn more about how we can assist you. Call (435) 222-5869 or contact us online today.
Factors in Awarding Child Custody
As child custody lawyers in Utah, we know that there are cases where the court determines who has custody of the children. A number of different factors are also taken into consideration.
These factors include the following:
- Which parent is more likely to act in the best interest of the child
- Conduct and moral standards of each parent
- Which parent is more likely to allow the children to visit with the other parent
- The quality of the relationships between the parents and the children
Park Law Firm Can Help
If you are involved in a child custody case, Park Law Firm is here to serve you. Our St. George custody attorneys have successfully handled numerous child custody cases and are ready to go to work for you. We have offices located in both St. George and Cedar City, and we serve clients throughout Southern Utah.
Call us at (435) 222-5869 today to request a free, confidential consultation.