Ogden Child Custody Attorneys
Skilled Legal Representation in Utah
Child custody is often a highly contested matter in divorce and can devolve into a legal battle between parents. If you and your spouse agree on custody arrangements including a parenting schedule, you can submit it to the court for approval. If you cannot agree on arrangements, whether through negotiation or mediation, the court will order custody and visitation on your behalf based on what is believed to be in the best interests of the child.
At Sentinel Law Group, P.C., our Clearfield child custody lawyers can help you negotiate a child custody arrangement with a spouse or, if you are not married, the other parent of the child. Throughout it all, we provide practical guidance, help our clients maintain realistic expectations, and deliver strong representation aimed at achieving your legal objectives.
Get in touch with Sentinel Law Group, P.C. at (801) 797-3760 to discuss your legal issue today.
Custody in Utah
The courts in Utah generally favor a joint physical and legal custody arrangement as the best situation for the child. Through joint custody, the child can maintain a continuing relationship with both parents.
Though joint custody is ideal, it is not always possible. The court has broad discretion in determining what type of arrangement is in the child’s best interests.
If custody is not shared jointly, it may be:
- Sole physical and legal custody (the child will live with one parent who will have the right to make all decisions concerning his or her education, health, religion, and general welfare)
- Sole legal custody while sharing physical custody
- Sole physical custody while sharing legal custody
The noncustodial parent may or may not receive visitation rights. A parent may be denied visitation if he or she has a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or other harmful behavior.
Other factors that the court will consider when deciding custody and parenting plans include:
- How well the parents work together to make decisions that impact their child
- Whether one parent is more apt to encourage an ongoing relationship with the other parent
- The needs of the child
- The proximity of the parents’ homes
Furthermore, custody arrangements can be modified later through the courts when a substantial change in a parent’s circumstances arises that would justify the modification.
Consult with a Family Law Attorney in a Free Case Evaluation
If you need legal assistance with any custody issue, our firm is here to provide the sound legal counsel and representation you need to navigate this sensitive and difficult matter. We recognize the profound impact that this case can have on you, your family, and your future – and we do not take our role in your case lightly.