Getting Custody of Your Child in Utah
Every good parent wants the best for their child, which is why child custody cases are so contentious. These cases are often emotional and can be difficult on both the parents and children involved.
Here at the Alder Law Group, we understand why you’re fighting for custody of your child and we are here to help you every step of the way. We can help make this process as simple as possible and avoid conflict as much as possible.
Before you give us a call for our family law services, take a moment to learn how you can get custody of your child in Utah. This knowledge will help you understand how the process will proceed.
Filing a Motion
The first step in getting custody of your child in Utah is to file a motion. This can often be the result of a divorce and will be passed through to a Utah Juvenile Court in your area.
If both parents are in agreement about the conditions of the child’s custody, then they may file a motion together. This will take much of the contention out of these cases and the outcome will be resolved much quicker.
If the parents are in disagreement, however, then each parent will submit their own custody plan. The court will look over both plans and look into what is in the best interest of the child.
The Child’s Best Interest
Regardless of your personal feelings, the court will look at your situation from the most logical point of view possible. The decision of who gets custody and which type of custody is granted will focus on what the court determines to be in the child’s best interest.
This may seem a bit vague, but this is meant to be fairly open ended since no situation is identical to another. The court will determine the best interest by investigating both parental parties and conducting relevant research. Some things the court might look into are:
- Evaluations: Often times, the court will order medical, psychological, and psychiatric evaluations to be performed on both the parents and the child or children.
- Financial Situations: Financial situations may not matter as much as the evaluations, however, it can sway the court’s decision. A parent’s ability to provide for their child is important in the court’s eyes.
- Prior Conduct: Any prior convictions, misdemeanors, or felonies could also have an impact on what the court deems to be in the best interest of the child.
- Family Relations: Family is another important aspect that courts consider, especially in Utah. Family assistance and presence can influence the decision.
- Parental Character: The way you hold yourself in court and the level of respect you give the judge is also crucial to getting custody of your child. This also has a connection to your prior conduct.
Get Custody with the Alder Law Group
If you are in the midst of a custody dispute or are considering filing a motion, you will need an expert legal team on your side. You can contact the Alder Law Group here, or call us at 801.463.2600.